More crimes likely unless POGOs are banned permanently

Alarmed over the proliferation of various crimes attributed to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), Senator Win Gatchalian said POGO-related criminal activities are likely to escalate unless the industry is expunged permanently from the country.   Just recently, police authorities recovered 28,000 registered SIM cards at a POGO facility in Pasay City allegedly involved in online […]

PAGCOR should implement actionable strategies to address POGO-related crimes

Senator Win Gatchalian urged the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to devise appropriate and actionable strategies to effectively address the growing criminal activities associated with the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) industry.   This call comes in the wake of a recent raid on SA Rivendell Global Support, Inc., another POGO accredited service provider. […]

Inquiry into government readiness in mitigating El Niño impact needed

Senator Win Gatchalian has filed a resolution seeking an inquiry into the government’s readiness to mitigate the impact of the El Niño phenomenon that will likely persist until the first quarter of next year.   During his second State of the Nation Address, President Bongbong Marcos emphasized the importance of addressing the impact of the […]

Rising involvement of POGOs in criminalities may dampen tourist arrivals

Senator Win Gatchalian said the rising involvement of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in various criminalities, including human trafficking, could drive away tourists and dampen arrivals in the country.   “Nagpalit pa nga tayo ng slogan na Love The Philippines kasi gusto nating i-promote ang kagandahan ng bansa tapos mababalitaan natin na may mga krimen […]

Resolution seeking to probe POGOs’ rising involvement in crimes filed

Senator Win Gatchalian filed a resolution seeking to investigate the rising involvement of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and accredited service providers in various crimes, including human trafficking and kidnap-for ransom, despite efforts by authorities to arrest such incidents.   “The increase in POGO-related crimes necessitates a close review of the country’s POGO policies and […]

Need for evacuation centers in all cities, municipalities amid Mayon unrest

Senator Win Gatchalian raised anew the need to put evacuation centers in all cities and municipalities amid the persisting unrest of Mayon volcano.   Gatchalian pointed out how the use of school buildings as evacuation centers in times of calamities disrupt education. According to news reports, more than 17,000 learners from five towns in Albay […]

NLEX traffic remains heavy; TRB, NLEX urged to address bottlenecks amid toll increase

A week since the toll increase in the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) took effect, regular users of the toll road still complain of the deteriorating traffic situation along the expressway, particularly during peak hours due to the high volume of vehicles.   Senator Win Gatchalian said the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) should have compelled the […]

Gov’t now has stronger case to expel POGOs out of the country

Senator Win Gatchalian said the government now has a stronger case to expel Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) from the country following a revelation that a licensed POGO company has been double-dealing for criminal activities that include human trafficking and crypto-currency scams.   “To be honest about it, this brings international shame to us. The […]

Senate inquiry into possible POGO involvement in human trafficking activities

Senator Win Gatchalian wants a Senate inquiry into the possible involvement of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) industry in human trafficking activities.   Gatchalian’s move stemmed from the recent rescue of more than 1,000 individuals at Clark Sun Valley Hub located in Clark Freeport Zone. Among those rescued were 389 Vietnamese, 307 Chinese, 171 […]