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Facebook blocks accounts linked to Trump ally Roger Stone, and Brazil's Bolsonaro

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:45 AM

Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher says the Stone network was uncovered with the help of information unearthed by the Robert Mueller investigation

ROGER STONE. In this file photo taken on February 21, 2019, former campaign advisor to US President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, arrives at US District Court in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP


50 Chinese arrested over illegal POGO operations in Makati condo

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Hua Xin company operates without permits from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Makati city government

Villanueva: POGOs not paying taxes but still allowed to operate

Jun 24, 2020 - 1:37 PM

'Hangga't hindi nagmamatigas ang gobyerno na dapat silang magbayad ng buwis, I don't think magbabayad sila ng buwis,' says Senator Joel Villanueva

ARRESTED. Members of the PNP-NCRPO arrest 53 individuals, mostly Chinese nationals, for illegal POGO operations in Paranaque City on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lalamove rider killed in Cavite drug buy-bust

Jun 13, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Cavite police say the suspect shot at a cop and resisted arrest

Twitter deletes Chinese 'state-linked' disinformation network

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:51 PM

Twitter says it had dismantled 'state-linked' networks run by a 'highly engaged core' of 23,750 accounts and boosted by a further 150,000 'amplifier' accounts

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Virus cuts G20 GDP by record 3.4% in 1st quarter – OECD

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:00 PM

The steepest declines come in China, France, and Italy, which were among the first countries to impose drastic lockdowns against the coronavirus

This aerial photo taken on March 10, 2020 shows an empty street in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - China said on March 10 the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak Hubei would relax travel restrictions to allow healthy people to move within the hard-hit province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Senators hit BIR: 'Ang luwag sa POGO, ang lupit sa Pilipino'

Jun 11, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'Imbes na online sellers, baka puwedeng singilin muna ang mga POGO na may P50 billion in unpaid taxes?' asks Senator Risa Hontiveros

'POGO FIRST'. POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Virus to slice at least 6% off world economy – OECD

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:45 PM

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says the global economy could shrink by as much as 7.6% if a second wave of contagion happens later in the year

CORONAVIRUS TESTING. Sample testing devices are checked on a production line as they are prepared to be included in testing kits for shipment at SD Biosensor near Cheongju, South Korea, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

#ReliefPH: Help badly-hit towns recover from Typhoon Ambo

May 21, 2020 - 2:49 PM

With their disaster funds already nearly depleted by coronavirus-related preparations, local governments and groups appeal to the public to help their towns recover from Typhoon Ambo

JIPAPAD TOWN. Muddy floodwaters in parts of the town on May 16, 2020. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Ben Evardone

FALSE: Roque says Duterte receives P460 million monthly from POGOs

May 13, 2020 - 1:13 PM

Roque did not say this quote, and Inquirer.net says the graphic was manipulated

PCOO limits cross-posting content on its social media platforms

May 12, 2020 - 10:27 AM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar issues the order two days after the PCOO got flak for reposting the government anti-communist task force's 'black propaganda' against ABS-CBN and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

In this file photo, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar at the hearing on the proposed 2020 budget of the Presidential Communications Office (PCOO) and its attached agencies. September 26, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Virus-ravaged UK aviation sector faces quarantine woe

May 12, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Operators of United Kingdom airlines and airports express alarm over the British government's plan to impose a 14-day quarantine on inbound travelers

Travellers who had been aboard the Braemar cruise ship, operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against covid-19, react as they arrive at Heathrow Airport in London on March 19, 2020, after being flown back from Cuba. - The MS Braemar had more than 1,000 people aboard including five confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 50 people in isolation due to showing flu-like symptoms. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

[OPINION] PCOO blocks Gang Badoy on Twitter – that’s unconstitutional

May 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

Just like in the United States, the Philippine government’s act of blocking citizens from its social media accounts violate fundamental rights

PCOO offers gov't TV, radio stations to deliver lessons – Briones

May 11, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says that distance learning is a major component of learning delivery for the incoming school year

File photo of students attending first morning flag raising ceremony during the start of the new school year at the Marcela Agoncillo Elementary School in Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gov't promises to be stricter going after POGO taxes

May 09, 2020 - 8:42 PM

Under the guidelines and requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, POGOs must show proof of full tax compliance before they are allowed to resume operations

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

76 illegal POGO workers arrested in Makati

May 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Of the arrested Philippine offshore gaming operations workers, 63 are Chinese while 13 are Filipino

RAID. Cops do an inventory of items seized from the Makati raid on Tuesday, May 5. NCRPO photo

POGOs like BPOs? Drilon says PH to lose franchise tax, license fees

May 04, 2020 - 6:46 PM

Senator Risa Honriveros also slams Pagcor for releasing a full-page ad on POGOs, asking why the regulatory body is doing public relations for them

ALLOWED TO OPERATE. Pagcor allowed POGO operations to resume. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

POGOs must pay taxes before resuming operations in lockdown – Pagcor

May 04, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation says revenue generated from them can be used to fund the government's coronavirus response

OPERATIONS RESUME. POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] POGOs, a social virus

May 04, 2020 - 1:48 PM

'As everything Chinese, POGOs, along with their breeder, should have been held off at the first instance — held off, pandemic or no pandemic, at a social distance of no less than the entire breadth of the West Philippine Sea'

Justice Leonen: Laws ban poor man's gambling, but POGOs allowed?

May 02, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'We have to continue calling attention to these kinds of discrepancies,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler


Industry speaks up: POGOs are not BPOs

May 02, 2020 - 2:39 PM

'IT-enabled jobs BPO companies create are of much higher value, requiring a range of technical, domain, and soft skills,' says the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines

'No favoritism' in allowing POGOs amid lockdown – Roque

May 02, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Funds collected by the government from POGO establishments will be used to boost the fight to curb the coronavirus pandemic, says the Duterte spokesman

POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gambling-dependent Philippines allows POGOs to resume operations

May 01, 2020 - 12:20 PM

(UPDATED) Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo says Philippine offshore gaming operations are technically business process outsourcing (BPO) companies whose bettors are overseas

LGU certification required for groups conducting coronavirus relief ops

Apr 25, 2020 - 2:08 PM

Groups unable to show this certification will be stopped at checkpoints, says DILG Spokesman Jonathan Malaya

Barangay volunteers prepare relief goods to be distributed to residents of Paranaque City on March 20, 2020, during the enhanced community quarantine period. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

53 arrested as police bust illegal POGO operation in Parañaque

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Cops arrest 44 Chinese and 9 Filipinos in a house in Parañaque that was being used to run an illegal POGO operation

CUFFED. A police officer secures arrested individuals with electrical cable ties before their transport to the nearest police station.

Dominguez clarifies resumption of POGOs not gov't priority

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:00 PM

It would be up to the Bureau of Internal Revenue to decide whether to allow POGOs, which are linked to tax evasion and other alleged crimes, to operate again

NOT GOV'T PRIORITY. POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Reopen POGOs? 'High risk,' warns Senator Villanueva

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:58 PM

'Most of them also don't pay taxes,' says Senator Joel Villaneuva

RESUME OPERATIONS? POGO workers in Makati City gather their belongings as they are instructed to work from home during the lockdown on March 18, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

POGO slowdown amid pandemic to hurt property sector

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:25 PM

The booming property sector in the Philippines fueled by Chinese gambling money hits a snag, as the coronavirus pandemic stops POGO operations

OECD chief calls for new Marshall Plan against pandemic

Mar 23, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Angel Gurria says governments' coordination to fight the coronavirus pandemic should exceed the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt Europe after World War II

A municipal worker uses a sprayer while disinfecting the popular Medina neighbourhood of Dakar on March 22, 2020. - The Senegalese government wanted to be firm on Saturday in the fight against the new coronavirus, ruling out "all tolerance" in the face of violators of established rules, including the ban on assemblies, in a country which has reached nearly 60 confirmed cases. (Photo by JOHN WESSELS / AFP)

Pagcor says POGOs donated P150M in medical supplies, food

Mar 21, 2020 - 4:53 PM

POGOs were previously sanctioned for not paying taxes

Coronavirus stops bingo and casinos, POGOs remain open

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Pagcor allows POGOs to continue operating, but with only a minimal number of workers


We need leadership, sanity during crisis

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Enough of mediocrity

Duterte says POGOs 'clean,' but AMLC warns of dirty money

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:55 AM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council flags the lack of transparency and low level of awareness of rules in the online gaming industry

Duterte clears POGOs despite alleged crime links

Mar 10, 2020 - 10:08 PM

'Under my oath of office as President of the Republic, as elected by you, 'yang POGO na 'yan, malinis 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

ON POGOS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during a meeting with local chief executives at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on February 10, 2020. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

Cebu province suspends road clearing to assert autonomy

Mar 10, 2020 - 7:49 PM

'Is this a collaborative partnership or is this a dictatorship?' Garcia asks the DILG

TRAFFIC. Motorists experience moderate to heavy traffic in Osmena Blvd Cebu City during rush hour. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Probably not 3,000, but Chinese agents are around us – intel experts

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) Are there undercover Chinese military agents among POGO workers entering the country? Military and intelligence community sources say they've been here all along.

CHINA RISING. This photo taken on September 15, 2019 shows people singing a patriotic song during an event in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province, to celebrate the 70th year of the founding of the People's Republic of China. File photo from Agence France-Presse

Panelo defends Duterte's decision to keep POGOs running: 'Hindi naman masama'

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:50 PM

'You cannot be burning the entire house just because there are so many rats there,' says Panelo of the President's decision to keep POGOs despite alleged crime links

KEEP POGOS. Players at the 2019 Phil-Asian Gaming Expo at SMX Convention Center in July 2019. File photo by Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Tinik sa lalamunan ang mga POGO

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Halimbawa ito ng gangster mentality ng mga opisyal natin na nag-aasam ng mabilis na kita kapalit ng ating katinuan at kaluluwa

Duterte won't ban POGOs despite alleged crime links – Panelo

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte's decision is also based on the need to fund government projects

NO BAN. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after leading the inspection of the North Luzon Expressway Harbor Link Circumferential Road 3 (C3)-R10 Section in Caloocan City on March 5, 2020. Malacañang photo

'If we're acting like a province of China, why allow POGOs?' – Drilon

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:36 PM

'Why are we so in love with POGOs?' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks sarcastically

TALE OF TWO PRESIDENTS. China is out against gambling as Philippines embraces the industry in its shores. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Malacañang: Duterte won't rush decision on calls for POGO suspension

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also says the President's decision to suspend lotto operations in 2019 – widely criticized as done in haste – should not be compared to his perceived slow action on calls to suspend POGO operations

'DECISIVE PRESIDENT.' President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech before newly appointed government officials in Malacañang on March 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

PNP says rise in Chinese kidnappings linked to POGO worker influx

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:15 PM

PNP deputy director for operations Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar says the increase in crime is related to the number of Chinese who have arrived here

RISE IN KIDNAPPINGS. PLtGen Guillermo Eleazar talks to the media after the hearing on the alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with the operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) in the country at the Senate on Marh 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2,000+ Chinese military in PH for immersion? Checking, says AFP chief

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:05 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is verifying a raw report from Senator Panfilo Lacson that up to 3,000 members of China’s military are in the Philippines on an ‘immersion mission’

CHINA'S MILITARY. Chinese military personnel gather at the Shenzhen Bay stadium in Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong in China's southern Guangdong province, on August 15, 2019. File photo by Agence France-Presse

Drilon to Pagcor: 'Stupid mindset' to allow POGOs for money

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:46 PM

'The social problems that POGO has brought to our country is not worth the relocation fees that you earn for Pagcor. Let me tell you that right in your face,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

'STUPID MINDSET'. Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon joins Senator Gordon at the hearing on the alleged money laundering linked with Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) on March 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Baka military?' Residents troubled by POGO workers moving into Parañaque subdivision

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Villagers say it's suspicious that a new firing range has popped up near their club house as droves of able-bodied Chinese nationals move into their neighborhood

ONLINE GAMING. The Phil-Asian Gaming Expo in Pasay City in July 2019. File photo by Rappler

'Filipinos' safety first': Hontiveros wants Chinese 'criminals' deported

Mar 05, 2020 - 12:45 PM

The Chinese embassy says criminal cases in the country involving its citizens are only 'isolated incidents'

DEPORT. Senator Risa Hontiveros wants criminals from China deported. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on money laundering, sex trafficking in POGO industry

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The Senate probes alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with POGO operations

Gordon says Duterte's 'soft' stance on China fuels POGO scandals

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:44 PM

'That's why there is some tolerance. Takot sila eh. Hindi nila alam. 'May deal ba si boss dito? May deal ba ang Presidente dito? Pinagbibigyan niya itong mga ito',' says Senator Richard Gordon

TOO SOFT. Senator Richard Gordon says the Duterte administration is too soft with China. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

POGOs linked to crimes: Forged PH passports, money-laundering, sex trafficking

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATE) Here's a rundown of issues hounding the opaque Philippine offshore gaming operations industry

POGO. A screen shows how online gambling is done. Photo by Rappler

OECD warns of severe economic hit from virus outbreak

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'Output contractions in China are being felt around the world,' says the 36-member OECD, also warning that the novel coronavirus 'would weaken prospects considerably' if it is prolonged

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