Sen. Gordon: POGOs 'cover' for Chinese spies

Senator Richard Gordon disclosed on Sunday that China might be using Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) as a front for intelligence gathering in the country.

He said an encounter involving alleged members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) killing off a felllow Chinese POGO worker in Makati heightened suspicions of China using POGOs as intelligence gathering and surveillance ploy against the Philippines.

Gordon noted that China is stacking up its intelligence network in the country so that it will “be ready whatever happens.”

Previously on February 28, Gordon cited data from the Bureau of Customs' records revealing more than a dozen of Chinese nationals brought in 160.58 million dollars in cash—claiming that with this amount of money they can use it to “take over” the Philippines.

Meantime, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Monday that the government will let law enforcement agencies investigate and “persecute” perpetrators of “any crime” done in the country.

He added that the incident involving possible PLA members are continuesly being investigated by the law enforcement agencies accordingly.