No POGO hubs in Western Visayas: police

Brigadier General Jack Wanky, Western Visayas police chief

By Jennifer P. Rendon

Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have not established operations in Western Visayas, according to the Police Regional Office (PRO) 6.

Brigadier General Jack Wanky, Western Visayas police chief, stated they have been monitoring potential POGO activities in the region, but “as per reports from our lower units, there is none.”

There were earlier reports suggesting that Region 6 was allegedly surveyed or considered for POGO operations. However, Wanky noted that this information remains unverified.

The region’s top police officer added that their intelligence gathering efforts continue to prevent the possible entry of illegal POGOs in Western Visayas.

He also requested public support in reporting activities and individuals potentially involved in offshore gambling operations.

“I assure you that we would take immediate action against it,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a radio interview, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas claimed he was approached by unnamed Chinese businessmen to allow POGO operations in the city.

Treñas said he declined all offers, likening them to corruption.

He said he was told that the POGO operations would benefit the city and himself.

“They mentioned a monthly payola. I told them, I might throw you out the window,” he remarked in Hiligaynon.

Treñas said a Filipino, acting as a broker, approached him about the offer.

The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has also intensified its intelligence surveillance on suspicious individuals who might plan to establish POGO hubs in the area.

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