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Chinese Embassy endorses Philippines in addressing the ‘root causes’ of POGOs


The Embassy of China in the Philippines, on Thursday, issued a statement emphasizing its support for the Philippine Government in addressing the ‘root causes’ of issues stemming from the offshore gambling industry.

The statement was released in response to the recent arrest of a Chinese national during a raid in Taguig City. The Embassy noted that it will maintain communication with Philippine law enforcement agencies concerning offenses related to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

The individual in question, reportedly involved in the POGO business, was arrested for possession of high-powered firearms.

The Embassy of China underscored that ‘gambling in any form is illegal according to Chinese law’ and noted that the Chinese Government opposes and cracks down on Chinese nationals engaging in gambling businesses abroad in accordance with the law.

‘The Chinese Government always requires its citizens overseas to abide by local laws and regulations. Gambling is a social menace, and Chinese people are victims of offshore gambling.’

According to local media reports, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced the apprehension of a 24-year-old Chinese citizen. The arrest took place during a raid within a prestigious subdivision in Barangay Bambang, Taguig City.

Authorities discovered four airsoft firearms, three handguns, a 5.56-caliber rifle, two hand grenades, and a minimum of 42 bullets in the townhouse. Additionally, bulletproof vests, ballistic helmets, and a Chinese flag were also recovered.

Subsequently, another Chinese individual was arrested for allegedly offering PHP3 million ($52,400) to police officers in exchange for the release of himself and another Chinese national, both of whom were detained during a raid on a townhouse in Taguig.

Viviana Chan
Viviana Chan
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