No POGO shutdown, Pres. Duterte insists

Despite the Senate's probe revealing the influx of dirty money entering the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte remains firm to reject the demand of several senators to shutdown Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country.

In a speech delivered at the 2020 general assembly of the league of municipalities in Pasay City, the President said the POGOs are clean.

He also noted that POGOs have employed about 20,000 in Metro Manila, and have given around 17 billion pesos to the government through the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).

POGOs have been under fire due to concerns of irregularities linked to their operations in the country including prostitution, bribery of immigration officials at the airport, and the illegal entry of millions of dirty money into the Philippines.