The Chinese envoy said that the Chinese government “firmly” opposes gambling and takes tough measures in order to combat it.
CHINESE ENVOY — Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said that the Chinese government is supporting the Philippines in its crackdown on crimes related to operations of POGOs (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators).
Huang said in a statement on Wednesday that the Chinese government “firmly” opposes gambling and takes tough measures in order to combat it.
Citing Chinese laws and regulations, Huang said that gambling in whatever form by Chinese citizens, be it online gambling or gambling overseas, is illegal. This came as the Chinese government was informed that most of the recent crimes targeted at Chinese citizens in the country were related to POGOs.
“Crimes induced by and associated with online gambling not only harm China’s interests and China-Philippines relations, but also hurt the interests of the Philippines,” he said. “The Chinese government protects the legitimate rights and interests of overseas Chinese citizens in accordance with the law anywhere at any time.”
The statement came after Huang’s meeting with Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla who said that the Philippine government would continue to end the illegal activities in cooperation with the Chinese government.
During the said meeting, Remulla vowed to continue the country’s crackdown on illegal POGO activities and to help in the deportation of their perpetrators.
While several Chinese citizens were already rescued and a number of POGO operations have been shut down, the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines continued to communicate and coordinate with the Philippine law enforcement agencies in order to address the matter.
The Chinese envoy noted that the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines will handle the deportation of rescued Chinese citizens and other issues “in a constructive manner”.