50 Chinese POGO workers arrested for illegally operating in Makati condo

Published July 7, 2020, 4:26 PM

by Jel Santos

Police arrested on Monday night (July 6) 50 Chinese employees of a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) company for illegally operating in Makati City.

(Photo courtesy of Makati Police)

Around 9 p.m., policemen raided a condominium unit, located on the 5th floor of 7299 on J. Victor St., Barangay Pio del Pilar,  that was allegedly being used as a POGO office.

Major Gideon Ines Jr., Makati Police Investigation Unit chief, said the Hua Xin POGO company was operating “underground.” 

Upon entering, policemen said they caught in the act the 50 Chinese nationals conducting an illegal gambling operation.

Seized from them were laptops, electronic devices, multiple mobile phones, personal computers, broadbands,  and Wi-Fi routers.

Makati Police said the operation was conducted in coordination with the Makati City Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO).

The 50 POGO workers are now held at the Makati Police Headquarters’ detention cell.

Makati Police said the Hua Xin POGO company has no permit to operate from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the local government of Makati.