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‘Mas importante sa akin ang buhay at seguridad ng bawat Pilipino’ — Bong Go on continuing POGO operations amid reported crimes

January 30, 2023 People's Tonight 477 views

IF they continue to cause problems, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has expressed support for calls to halt Philippine offshore gaming operators’ (POGO) operations in the country, emphasizing the importance of peace, order, and the security of Filipinos.

“Sabi ko nga, kung nagbibigay problema naman po sa peace and order ay maaring pwede na pong i-phase out dahil mas importante po sa akin ang peace and order, buhay at seguridad ng bawat Pilipino,” said Go during an ambush interview after attending the groundbreaking of the Super Health Center in Kawit, Cavite on Wednesday, January 25.

Go emphasized the need for the government to take a tough stance against crime and work to strengthen peace and order in the country.

“Kung naghahasik naman po sila ng lagim dito, nakakaapekto sa ating peace and order ay dapat planuhin na po ng gobyerno na i-phase out na po sila dito sa ating bansa,” he stressed.

“Kung mas nakakabigay problema naman po kaysa tulong sa ating bayan, pwede na po sila i-phaseout,” he added.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, some lawmakers reiterated their call for the government to ban POGO operations, claiming that these have turned into a haven for criminal activity such as kidnapping and money laundering.

“Mas importante po sa akin ang peace and order, seguridad ng bawat Pilipino,” he reiterated.

Meanwhile, when asked about banning the operations of POGOs, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. responded that the decision would be based on the purpose of the ban, given that the issue is with illegal operators.

“The problem are the illegal ones, not the legal ones. The legal ones pay their bills, pay their taxes and, you know, those videos showing killings, they are the illegal ones,” Marcos said.

Meanwhile, Go urged PAGCOR to carry out its duties and thoroughly monitor POGO operations in the country. He also asked the police to keep the peace and ensure the safety of all Filipinos.

“So trabaho na po ng PAGCOR ‘yan, tingnan nang mabuti. Trabaho ng kapulisan na i-maintain po ang peace and order dito sa ating bansa,” said Go.