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Criminal charges to be filed against Philippines’ “POGO Mayor” Alice Guo

Authorities in the Philippines have announced that criminal charges are due to be filed against suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo.

The announcement was made by the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) in the Philippines on Saturday.

According to PAOCC spokesperson Winston John Casio, an interagency council consisting of the PAOCC, Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General, and Philippine National Police will meet on Tuesday to finalize the charges.

The charges, described as “serious” and “non-bailable,” will target Guo and others involved in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) hub in Bamban, Tarlac.

“Criminal charges will be filed against a good number of people on Friday with regards to the Bamban operation,” Casio said during the Saturday News Forum in Quezon City.

Guo is under Senate investigation for her alleged involvement with Zun Yuan Technology, a POGO hub raided by police and military in March for alleged human trafficking and serious illegal detention at the Baofu Land Development compound.

The same compound was raided in 2023 when the POGO hub was still called Hongsheng. It was renamed Zun Yuan after the raid.

The PAOCC spokesperson mentioned that Guo’s name and signature appear on many documents related to the case but withheld specific details to avoid giving her legal team an advantage.

“We have strong evidence that will support the criminal allegations against Mayor Alice Guo and a good number of people in the Bamban operations,” Casio said.

The camp of Mayor Alice Guo previously asked the Office of the Ombudsman to lift her six-month preventive suspension over her alleged link to the Bamban POGO hub.

The Ombudsman ordered the preventive suspension of Guo and two other Bamban officials , business permit and licensing officer Edwin Ocampo and municipal legal officer Adenn Sigua, on May 31st, citing “strong evidence showing their guilt.”

The complaint was based on findings of a task force created by the Department of the Interior and Local Government to investigate the culpability of local officials in abetting POGO firm Zun Yuan’s illegal activities in Bamban.

Several lawmakers such as Senators Risa Hontiveros and Sherwin Gatchalian renewed their call for President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to ban POGO firms, citing their threat to national security and ties to organized crime.

Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel is an online gambling industry veteran with over twenty years of experience in Europe and Asia. Equally at home in the Isle of Man and the Philippines, he started his career as a sports trader before setting up and running whole operations, and more recently focusing on the regulatory and licensing side of things in the worlds of fiat and crypto eGaming. When he is not writing about gambling topics, he can be found cycling around Manila and advocating sustainable transport solutions for a Philippines based mobility magazine.

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