Gambling Operator (POGO) brought big headlines, recent raid on a Cebu area Philippine Offshore and protests from the operations lawyer, who said the operation was not illegitimate. Time is starting to prove that lawyer right, as Rappler reports the police chief in the area has been relieved of his duties.
Chief of the Criminal Investigation, Police Colonel Lito Patay and Detection Group (CIDG) in Central Visayas, is being relocated after the incidents of a September 7 raid, however jurisdictions aren’t self-conscious to say the incident was the reason for his move.
“That was the reason for his relief,” Sinas told reporters on Wednesday, September 18. “I won’t lie so you won’t speculate,” he added.
181 Chinese workers detained in a nearby gym, this was the result of the raid of Xin Huang Jin Chen Co. Ltd. Inc. (XHJC) and the POGO blamed of operating without the fundamental licenses. At the time, the company’s legal representative, Jeff David, protested the raid, claiming XHJC was fully compliant with the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
However the detainees have now all been released, David seems to be proven right. The Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office released all charges citing a lack of probably clause.
This isn’t the only pressure the POGO industry is getting from the Philippines. The sector has been in the news lately for the unpaid taxes they incur to the country, the probability that Chinese spies could be working in the industry, and the brothels that pop up in their service.
Rappler discloses this also isn’t the first time Patay has been relocated after causing a disorder. When he was authorized to Quezon City, in the Metropolitan Manila area, his police station was accountable for over 100 deaths in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war. An investigation by Reuters caused Patay to be re-located to Cebu.
However Tatay isn’t done yet, as the CIDG is still willing to see what kind of impression he can have in Luzon. Police Col. Rommel Ochave will replace him in Cebu.