NBI, BI directed to file charges, deport erring aliens involved in raided POGO in Porac, Pampanga

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have been directed to investigate the latest Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) facility that was raided last Friday, June 7, in Porac, Pampanga, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Sunday, June 9.

The DOJ said that Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla has instructed the NBI and BI "to be on top of the case, file charges if warranted, and immediately deport those proven to have violated immigration laws.”

“The Department of Justice would take action against those behind these illicit activities,” declared Remulla.

The instruction and the warning were issued after government authorities raided last Friday, June 7, the POGO facility Lucky South 99 where two Chinese nationals were rescued and 157 foreigners, mostly Chinese, were rounded up.

The DOJ said the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) led the operation after receiving reports that sex trafficking and torture of foreign nationals were taking place at the facility.

It said that Lucky South 99 has been reported to be “the biggest facility in Pampanga and reportedly is engaged in prostitution, human trafficking, scams and other unlawful activities.”

"Foreigners are welcome to stay here in our country and may treat it as their own home as long as they whole-heartedly follow our laws accordingly and unconditionally,” Remulla said.