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‘Duterte won’t be rushed into shutting down POGOs’

President Rodrigo Duterte has no basis yet to suspend the operations of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), Malacañang said, as it denied that the Chief Executive is too soft on issues involving China. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President needs to have a “comprehensive report” first on the alleged illegal activities tied to POGOs before he could decide on whether to halt their operations. Panelo had said Pres. Duterte may suspend the operation of POGOs if he receives verified complaints of anomalies, the same way he temporarily halted lotto operations by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to alleged “massive corruption” in the state-run gaming firm. Speaker Panelo insisted that the issues hounding POGOs cannot be compared with the controversy that surrounded PCSO.