China President Xi Jinping thinks suspending the issuance of
Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations licenses is not enough.
Xi asked President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately ban Chinese POGOs
during their bilateral meeting in Beijing on August 29.
Duterte, however, was quiet and did not reply to Xi’s plea.
In a briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said: “The
President of China expressed appreciation of the suspension of POGO
applicants but he mentioned, I clearly heard him saying, that they
would appreciate more if the POGO operations completely ceased.”
“Because he (Xi) explained, according to them, gambling is illegal in
China and most of the players there are Chinese nationals. And also,
crimes are committed with respect to that like money laundering. That
is the concern of the President,” he added.
When asked what Duterte’s reply was to Xi’s request, Panelo said: “The
President didn’t respond to that.”
“Kasi ang nangyari doon, mahaba yung una, Winelcome siya. Tapos yung
si Presidente (Duterte) haba ng ano, ang daming aspects eh. Kaya nung
sinagot na ni Xi, hindi, hindi na makakaresponse si Presidente kasi
nag-ano na yun thank you very much, o nagpasalamat na tayuan na kaming
lahat,” he added.
Panelo also said the President did not tell Xi that gambling was legal
in the Philippines which he declared before he left for China.
“The President has not said anything about it but I suppose he will
have to study since there is no request, there was an only an implied
request. The President most likely will study…Ano bang mawawala sa
ating kung itigil mo iyong online gaming. Will it affect the budget?
You must remember that revenues are coming in,” Panelo said.