China threatens Chinese POGO workers, advises compliance with local regulations

Chinese Ministry of Public Security has threatened Chinese nationals who are involved with Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) on cancellation of passports and prevention to work in foreign countries.

The Philippine ambassador to China reported that the Chinese Ministry of Public Security has already threatened to cancel the passports of Chinese nationals who are involved with Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) and other fraudulent operations on Sunday, February 23. The cancellation of passports was among the sanctions imposed by Beijing on Chinese POGO workers for strict compliance.  

Chinese Embassy Spokesperson says they are currently monitoring the issue in cooperation with their local ministries. The Ministry of Public Security of China has obtained a list of Chinese nationals who allegedly committed long-term telecommunications fraud crimes in foreign countries. According to the Exit-Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China, such fraudulent operations will prohibit Chinese nationals from exiting China and hold their stay in foreign countries.

The spokesperson also expressed that the Chinese Government has required their citizens overseas to abide by local laws and regulations imposed by the country’s government. Chinese nationals are instructed to work and conform to legal practices in foreign countries.

The Chinese Embassy in the Philippines has repeatedly issued consular reminders for Chinese citizens’ guide on their stay in countries abroad and also kept close connections with concerned agencies in the country. A law enforcement cooperation has also been initiated in cooperation with relevant departments in various countries with ongoing POGO cases.

Lastly, the spokesperson assured the public that they will continue to work closely with the Philippines to combat crimes such as telecommunications fraud, illegal online-gambling, money-laundering, illegal employment, kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder to effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of nationals of the two countries and promote the China-Philippines friendship and cooperation.