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Villanueva: Why is nobody stopping POGO despite raids, non-payment of tax?
By: Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQINQUIRER.net / 04:05 PM June 23, 2020

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1296129/villanueva-why-is-nobody-stopping-pogo-despite-raids-non-payment-of-tax

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Joel Villanueva has slammed anew the apparent “VIP treatment” on Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) as he lamented how nobody in the government ever demanded a stop to the gambling trade despite numerous violations during the lockdown and continued non-payment of taxes.

Villanueva noted during a Zoom meeting with reporters Tuesday that numerous arrests have been made involving POGOs during the lockdown as their continued operations brazenly violated government-imposed strict community quarantines amid the pandemic.

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Even with the lockdown measures in place, POGOs were even earlier allowed to resume partial operations by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation since it was said to be considered under business process outsourcing (BPOs). The government also said it needs more money for its COVID-19 response and taxes from POGO could help raise the funds.

Although Malacañang later said POGO must first pay their taxes before they are allowed to resume operations.

However, according to Villaneuva, “Until now, as I was told, wala pa ring nagbabayad na bago. Zero pa din. It means dapat, hindi sila mag-resume. I don’t know if they would agree with me because it appears they are resuming their operations.”

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Gov’t won’t allow POGOs with unpaid taxes to resume
By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  June 25, 2020, 6:54 pmShare 

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1107070

MANILA – Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that fail to settle their unpaid taxes are not allowed to resume their operations amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said on Thursday.

In a virtual presser aired on state-run PTV-4, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ensured that the government would not tolerate tax-evading POGOs.

“Hindi po tayo papayag na mag-operate ang mga POGO ng may pagkakautang (We would not allow POGOs with unpaid taxes to operate),” Roque said.

On Wednesday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said his office is now looking into reports that some POGOs have reopened despite their failure to pay the tax payments required by the government.

The Finance department’s probe began following Senator Joel Villanueva’s recent revelation that only two POGOs were able to settle their tax liabilities, but many more already resumed their operations.

It was in March when the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. (PAGCOR) suspended POGO operations due to the threat posed by Covid-19.

However, the government allowed in May the partial reopening of offshore gaming firms on conditions that they first settle taxes and obtain clearance from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, pay fees required by PAGCOR, and shoulder the Covid-19 testing of its employees.

Only 30 percent of the POGO workforce is allowed to report for work.

Dominguez said his department is already monitoring the tax-evading POGOs that are reportedly operating amid the nationwide implementation of community quarantine.

To date, there are 60 licensed POGO operators in the Philippines.

From 2016 to 2019, the revenues collected by PAGCOR from POGOs already reached over PHP18 billion.

Last year, the government collected PHP6.4 billion after it ran after tax-deficient POGOs.

Dominguez’s office has also estimated that the government would be able to collect up to PHP20 billion a year in corporate and personal income taxes from POGOs. (PNA)

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Re: Villanueva: Why is nobody stopping POGO despite raids, non-payment of tax?
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2020, 11:48:10 PM »
Only over 20 POGOs left in PH
By CNN Philippines Staff

Published Sep 24, 2020 5:02:17 PM

https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/9/24/pogo-philippines-pandemic.html

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 24) — Dozens of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators have stopped operations after failing to comply with requirements, including paying taxes, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a media briefing disclosed that only around 20 of the 60 POGOs have complied with the requirements set by the Bureau of International Revenue.

"Maraming hindi nagcomply sa requirement na kinakailangan magbayad ng franchise tax ang mga POGOs," Roque said

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