Bersamin orders deportation of 231 foreign POGO workers

August 25, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 79 views

EXECUTIVE Secretary Lucas P. Bersamin on Thursday ordered the deportation proceedings against 231 foreigners working in a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator firm found to be a hub of online scams in a raid last Aug. 1.

In a memorandum to Secretary of Justice Jesus Crispin C. Remulla Jr., the Executive Secretary called on the latter and Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco to initiate the summary dismissal proceedings against the 231 workers apprehended inside the raided SA Rivendell Gaming, Inc.

He also instructed the Anti-Money Laundering Council, led by Executive Director Matthew David, to freeze the assets of the raided POGO firm including the SKK Building as well as all vehicles found in the vicinity of the raided establishment located at no. 2741 Zamora corner Gaitos Streets in Pasay City.

Sec. Bersamin also ordered a massive hunt for a Chinese national named Lin Guowei whose escape is now the subject of a massive investigation.

Guowei is believed to be one of the personalities behind the illegal operations of the raided POGO hub.

During the August 1 raid, a total of 464 Filipinos and 1231 foreigners were discovered operating the hub’s numerous digital platforms.