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Pagcor: Pinakamalaking banta, foreign syndicates ‘di POGO

MANILA, Philippines- Inihayag ng Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) na ang tunay na banta sa national security ay mula sa foreign hacking at scam syndicates, hindi sa lehitimo at lisensyadong offshore gaming operations (POGOs). 

Sinabi ni Alejandro H. Tengco, Pagcor chairman and chief executive officer na nakatulong ang lehitimong Internet Gaming Licensees (IGLs) sa pagpondo sa pamahalaan, na nakapag-ambag ng mahigit P5 bilyon sa gross revenues ng ahensya noong 2023.

“To us, the real threat is the alien hacking and scam syndicates who operate underground, and they are the ones that our law enforcement agencies are trying to locate and dismantle,” wika ni Tengco. “And we are cooperating fully with the authorities in this regard.”

“We should not blame and demonize our licensed gaming operators because these are closely monitored by Pagcor,” aniya. “Our licensees pay taxes, and they help provide legitimate jobs and livelihood to a lot of people.”

“We do not need to outlaw POGOs; what we need to do is intensify anti-crime operations against suspected alien hackers, against scammers and cyber-criminals who are usually hiding in highly secured buildings and compounds.”

“These criminal syndicates are not engaged in offshore gaming at all, and even if they are, they are doing it illegally. So they are the real threat, and we must go after them with everything that we have,” patuloy ng Pagcor chief.

Noong Biyernes, sinabi ni Finance Secretary Ralph Recto na maraming negosyong naghahayag na POGO ang mga ito subalit hindi tunay na POGOs.

“Today, there are a lot of POGOs that are not really POGOs because they are doing something else. But we generalize and call all of them POGOs,” ani Recto. RNT/SA