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De Lima warns ‘Pogo Island’ could be start of creeping Chinese colonization
Posted at Jul 10 2019 08:06 PM

MANILA - Senator Leila de Lima warned Wednesday against the planned establishment of a 32-hectare complex called “Pogo Island” in Kawit, Cavite which she said could be the beginning of a creeping Chinese colonization.

“For now, it’s just 32 hectares but this could be the start of a possible colonization if they decide to purchase and occupy more lands in different parts of the country. Mas malala pa ito sa ginawa nila sa West Philippine Sea kapag nagkataon," De Lima, who is detained on drug charges, said in a statement.

The statement came after reports surfaced that a wealthy Chinese-Filipino businessman purchased the former Island Cove resort from the influential Remulla clan in Cavite and turned it into a complex for Chinese Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) workers.

The “Pogo Island” is reportedly expected to house 20,000 Chinese workers when it opens next month, but it might accommodate around 50,000 Chinese workers when the complex is completed.

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As of latest count, the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation has authorized the operation of 55 POGO operators, but only around 50 are reportedly operating due to lack of capital.

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