China has offered its full compliance regarding the matter of the Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators. They have agreed that they will not be interfering in the matter even though called for the POGO operations to be shut down last year.
The assurance came after a meeting between the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the Chinese Ambassador, Huang Xilian. The president states that he ‘understands’ how the legal operation works within the country and that in fact, many Chinese workers who are operating illegally in these businesses may need to be deported. The Chinese Ambassador agrees that the matter will be dealt with by them.
The president issued a further statement regarding what came from the meeting during his interview with ABS-CBN. “The ambassador said that if you must do it, because the law is the law … that if there is a need to deport, arrest, then they’re keeping their hands away from all these things”. The president also revealed that the Chinese Ambassador had, in fact, warned them beforehand. They inclined that the introduction of too many gambling operations in the country would leave them open to Chinese immigrants increasing in more than what they can handle.
Back in August last year, the Chinese Embassy had already proposed that the number of POGO business should be shut down effective immediately. They did this by issuing a statement that points towards placing pressure on Chinese workers to succumb to illegal activities. The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Geng Shuang, proposed a more extreme idea of banning gambling in the Philippines altogether. He also described online gambling to be the most dangerous form of entertainment in the modern world, comparing to that of a tumour which is hated by the whole world.
Duterte rejected the idea without hesitation, stating that banning the gambling operations would be incredibly detrimental to the country’s financial stability.