The tension between Philippine Offshore Gambling Operators (POGOs) and the authorities in the Philippines is still on. There have been talks of forcing all these operators into hubs.
Terry Ridon, Infrawatch PH think tank member opposes this plan.
“This week’s string of raids on fraudulent Chinese crypto firms and human trafficking rackets should give PAGCOR pause in implementing its proposal to establish POGO hubs in different parts of the country. In the face of porous bureaucratic enforcement and the level of investment pouring into POGOs, it will not be surprising to find these hubs similar to the petty and high-level rackets seen in the Bureau of Corrections. (BuCor)”
He believes that keeping POGOs under localized supervision in a hub is not as good as keeping them around in a few key regions of the country to keep the money flowing. Plus, local authorities and population can keep their eyes on the all the time.
The paranoia has spread through the Philippines, at least in upper circles. Because of their fear of spies, some officials even insisted on relocating POGOs to hubs on remote islands. Whatever the case, this situation is far from over and there will be more news about this in the future.