Senators want POGOs declared illegal amid crimes

The Senate has gained consensus to pass a measure to declare illegal Philippine Off-Shore Gaming Operators (POGOs) after recent incidents of Chinese-related money laundering and prostitution were raised on the Senate floor.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urged his peers to adopt a concurent resolution that will stop POGOs after Senator Richard Gordon exposed crimes that are linked to Chinese nationals and the offshore gaming industry.

Drilon stressed that if gambling is illegal in China, it should also be declared illegal outside of its borders.

Before pursuing Drilon's proposed measure, Gordon, who chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, said the Senate's probe of illegal activities of POGOs should be given top priority.