The country of the Philippines is not playing nice with online gambling operators. The government’s message is clear – POGOs will either pay their taxes or close their business.
One of the Philippine Offshore Gambling Operators (POGO), Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corp (GEGAC), has been already shut down by the authorities.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez explained:
“POGO service provider Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corp (GEGAC) is being shut down for lack of registration for VAT purposes,” he noted.
This particular POGO was located in Quezon City, with outlets in Parañaque and Subic. Their center of operations was in Eastwood, Quezon City. This operation resulted in 8100 (of which 2000 were Chinese) employees losing their jobs.
Government warned POGOs to pay up their bills several times already, and now it has decided to take some action. It looks like POGOs are not making things any easier for themselves since the stories about kidnappers in their ranks started circulating.
Seven foreign nationals were arrested at Manila’s airport for alleged kidnapping. Six of them (Che Xin, Liu Chen, Yang Shuwen, Wei Ching, Zhang Lee, and Qi Long) were Chinese nationals and one of them (Yu Jhong Ruei) was from Taiwan. They have been accused of kidnapping three other Chinese citizens who were working at a POGO and decided to leave the country. When the victims met their handlers to get travel papers, the suspects pulled them into the van. Now the police are investigating the POGO that the suspects were working for.