August 17, 2019 – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Saturday echoed the concern of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the proximity of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) to military camps.
This came after Lorenzana backed proposals to put Chinese nationals working in POGOs away from military camps as their activities may shift to “spying.”
In a statement, the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said that it is a “valid concern,” highlighting the surge in the number of Chinese nationals working in the country.
“Physical and other forms of security concerns should always be our top priority especially in this day and age of incredibly fast moving technology, not to mention the recent incursions in the West Philippines Sea,” Lacson expressed.
Lacson also wants to expose alleged corrupt officials from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) who were bribed by Chinese tourists to get certain identification documents.
“What is more worrying is the petty corruption involving some employees of regulatory agencies like the LTO and the Immigration Bureau where identification documents like a driver’s license or a temporary work permit are easily obtained,” Lacson said.
“These employees must be exposed and prosecuted for endangering our security. I hope the heads of these agencies can do something to check on these anomalies as soon as possible,” he added.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra for his part sees nothing wrong with the increasing number of POGOs in the country as long its employees abide by Philippine laws and do not take away work from Filipinos.
Guevarra also expressed faith in the capability of the Department of National Defense to neutralize any forseeable risk. (Juno Buena / AAD)