Real estate firm features ‘POGO-ready’ hub in Fort Bonifacio
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
A real estate firm has been showcasing a “POGO-ready” hub near one of the major military facilities in the country.
Collier International, a Canadian-based real estate broker, has featured on its website about 19 properties for lease in the Philippines which are designed for offshore gaming hubs, including one inside Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City.
The “POGO-ready” property at the center of Fort Bonifacio, according to the Collier’s website, is the High Street South Corporate Plaza Tower 1. The property is located along the corner of the 9th Avenue and 26th Street and is just four kilometers away from the headquarters of the Philippine Army.
House Minority Leader Bienvenido “Benny” Abante and congressmen belonging to the Makabayan bloc recently filed separate resolutions calling for an inquiry over the proliferation of POGO hubs in the country, citing national security concerns.
Abante earlier raised eyebrows over Chinese-operated POGO hubs conducting business near key vital installations inside bailiwick of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano—the Army and Philippine Marine Corps headquarters respectively.
Abante claimed that about three POGO facilities being manned by Chinese nationals are operating within the BGC premises.
ACT Teacher Party-list Rep. France Castro for her part called the attention of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) for allowing the Chinese-operated offshore gaming hubs to operate near vital installations and high-risk facilities including military camps.
“Yung BCDA na ‘yan, they should explain bakit naka pagoperate yung mga POGO malapit sa mga high-risk areas,” said Castro.
BCDA is currently under the leadership of Vince Dizon. Dizon is a known confidante of Cayetano.
Dizon previously served as the chief political officer of the incumbent Taguig-Pateros solon when the latter was still a member of the Senate.