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Gov't bans POGO operations during enhanced community quarantine


Philippine Online Gaming Operations (POGO) are not allowed to operate, according to the guidelines issued by the government for the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire Luzon region.

The provision is part of the guidelines enumerated by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Tuesday.

The document included clarifications that affect the transportation sector, labor force, overseas Filipino workers, and hotel and similar establishments.

Recently, the operation of POGOs in the country has become controversial. 

Senator Risa Hontiveros had alleged that illegal recruitment, illegal detention, and sexual harassment are rampant in the POGO industry.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, insisted there is "no corruption" in POGO establishments.

“Walang corruption diyan sa [POGO]. Wala kaming kinausap diyan except PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Coporation),” he told reporters in Malacañang after a meeting on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat. — BAP/RSJ, GMA News