State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. said it supports the recent measures undertaken by the Chinese embassy in the Philippines to crack down on Chinese nationals with criminal records who were illegally working or doing business in the country.
PAGCOR said in a statement the crackdown was a result of its constant coordination with the Chinese embassy and law enforcement agencies to ensure that proper regulations were observed.
“With China’s recent move, illegal Chinese workers who are involved in various cybercrime fraud – including those who are employed in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations―will have to face the consequences,” the agency said.
Data showed that since Jan. 15, 2019, at least 2,000 or 3 percent of the 70,000 Chinese nationals who were illegally working in POGOs and in other fraudulent offshore operations were repatriated to their country.
“In view of this development, PAGCOR will continue to cooperate closely with the Chinese embassy and other law enforcement agencies to help arrest illegal aliens and penalize employers who are coddling Chinese fugitives,” it said.