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Spooked! PAGCOR won’t be issuing new POGO licenses amid spying fears

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Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has listened to warnings made by top government officials about possible Chinese intrusion and espionage through these offshore gaming firms.

PAGCOR chief Andrea Domingo announced on Monday that it has stopped accepting new applications for Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) as early as July amid rising concerns about the booming Chinese-dominated industry.

Domingo said Pagcor would not grant new licenses for now, leaving the tally at 58 POGO operators with 135,000 foreign workers in the country.

The announcement came after both National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana warned possible spying and security threats as more Chinese flood the country.

Pagcor’s freeze on POGO came a day after Cambodia banned offshore casinos following China’s move to crackdown on illegal gambling by its citizens both in and outside the mainland.

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