The Chinese embassy has confirmed a Bilyonaryo report about President Xi Jinping’s order to cancel the passport of of its citizens working for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO).
In a statement, the Chinese embassy spokesperson said the purge was carried out In order to crack down on cross-border telecommunication fraud crimes, specifically online games operating out of the Philippines and serving gamblers in the mainland where gambling is illegal.
“The Ministry of Public Security of China has obtained a list of Chinese nationals suspected of committing long-term telecommunication fraud crimes abroad, who are classified as the persons prohibited from exiting China according to the Exit-Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China,” the spokesperson said.
“Such operations are aimed at the suspects of Chinese nationals who have committed telecommunications fraud crimes in different countries.The Chinese Government always requires Chinese citizens overseas to abide by local laws and regulations and not to work illegally in foreign countries,” the spokesperson added.
Xi was apparently forced to take action on POGOs after President Rodrigo Duterte refused to ban POGOs because of the promise of revenues and economic opportunities despite crime and social ila brought about by the wave of illegal Chiense workers.
“The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has repeatedly issued consular reminders and has been keeping close communications with the Philippine government in this regard. The relevant departments of both countries also conducted a series of law enforcement cooperation,” the spokesperson said.
“The Chinese side would like to continue to work closely with the Philippines to combat such crimes as telecommunications fraud, illegal online-gambling, money-laundering, illegal employment, kidnapping, extortion, torture, murder so as to effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of nationals of the two countries, and to promote the China-Philippines friendship and cooperation,” the spokesperson added.