Majority of POGO-related crimes in PH are human trafficking cases

Majority of the crimes related to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) involved human trafficking cases which is an indication that organized criminal groups tied to the industry may be operating in the country, Senator Win Gatchalian said.   “This is concerning and alarming and can have serious implications on the country’s national security,” he stressed. […]

Fintech users should invoke law following GCash fiasco

Senator Win Gatchalian urged financial technology (fintech) users to invoke measures set in Republic Act No. 11765 or the Financial Products and Services Consumer Protection Act and its implementing rules and regulations following an apparent foiled attempt by suspected cyber criminals to siphon off money from GCash, a popular fintech platform in the country.   […]

LGUs should be better equipped for disaster-preparedness amid extreme weather events

Gatchalian wants local government units (LGUs) to be better equipped in their disaster-preparedness program to mitigate the impact of disasters and calamities due to extreme weather conditions. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned of an El Niño from June to August this year which could bring above-normal rainfall at the […]

Filipinos in Sudan urged to establish contact with Philippine Embassy in Cairo

Senator Win Gatchalian urged distressed Filipinos in Sudan to get in touch with the Philippine Embassy in Cairo, Egypt for their immediate repatriation amid heightened hostilities in the African nation.   Gatchalian also said that Filipinos based in the Philippines who have immediate relatives and loved ones in Sudan should convince their respective family members […]

Bill imposes imprisonment for nuisance candidates

Stiffer penalties including imprisonment should be imposed against nuisance candidacy to deter vicious political conflicts that sometimes lead to unwarranted loss of lives, according to Senator Win Gatchalian, in view of the ongoing Senate inquiry on the death of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo.   Gatchalian last year filed Senate Bill 1061 or An Act […]

Arrest rising incidence of smuggling of excisable products

Senator Win Gatchalian is seeking to address the rising incidence of illegal trade involving excisable products in a bid to arrest revenue leakages and protect the health of consumers. The government imposes excise tax on alcohol products, tobacco products, cigarette and vapor products, petroleum products, automobiles, non-essential goods and services, sweetened beverages, and mineral products. […]

Assign lifeguard in every public pool

Following a series of drowning incidents that killed more than 70 this past Holy Week, Senator Win Gatchalian reiterated his proposal to assign a lifeguard in every public swimming pool or any bathing facilities in the country.   Under Senate Bill No. 1142 or the Lifeguard Act of 2022, each public swimming pool shall employ […]

To PAGCOR: File charges vs erring officials in procurement of 3rd party POGO auditor

Senator Win Gatchalian challenged the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to initiate the filing of appropriate charges against erring agency officials involved in the anomalous procurement of third-party auditor of gross gaming revenues of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).   “Kailangang panagutin ang mga opisyal at empleyado ng PAGCOR na naging pabaya o kaya’y […]

Gov’t saves over P5 billion from terminating PAGCOR’s contract with POGO 3rd party auditor

The government generated savings of over P5 billion from the termination of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR) contract with the third-party auditor for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), Senator Win Gatchalian said.   An investigation conducted by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Gatchalian, has revealed numerous irregularities in the […]