China apprehensive over proposed POGO hub for foreigners

MANILAThe Chinese embassy in Manila on Thursday expressed "grave concern" over a plan to transfer foreign workers of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) in a separate community or hubs, a move China sees could "infringe on the basic rights" of its nationals.

"The Chinese embassy expresses its grave concern over such potential move by Pagcor (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation), which may infringe on the basic legal rights of the Chinese citizens concerned, and strongly urges the Philippine government to effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in the Philippines," the embassy said in a press statement.

A recent report earlier quoted Pagcor vice president Jose Tria as saying foreigners working in POGOs will be transferred to self-contained communities or hubs.

Tria was also quoted as saying these hubs would cancel the POGOs authority to operate outside the designated hubs and address complaints about the reported unruly behavior of some Chinese workers.

Asked what Malacanang's take on the said plan, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it will await official communication from Pagcor.

"If you will restrict their liberties, then there might be a violation because if your only reason is rudeness, you can always subject them to violation of the Revised Penal Code," Panelo said.

"I want to see first the exact dimension of that plan," he added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency