Pag-alis sa bansa ng POGO firms, “That’s good news, Let them go” ayon kay Sen. Drilon

Welcome kay Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon ang ulat ng Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) na maraming offshore gaming operators na ang umaalis ng bansa sa gitna ng tax issues.

“That’s good news. Let them go. Hindi po natin kawalan ang POGOs [Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators]. Huwag po natin silang habulin. PAGCOR should stop playing a lover to POGOs,” lahad ni Drilon.

“It should abandon any effort to [woo] them back. Our tax laws are clear: POGOs should pay franchise and withholding taxes,” dagdag pa nito.

Nanindigan si Drilon na dapat magbayad ang POGOs ng P50 bilyong unpaid taxes at dapat agarang mag-isyu ang BIR ng closure orders sa mga hindi nakatutugon.

“Failure to implement it is a violation of its own rules.”

Maaalalang kinumpirma ng PAGCOR na dalawa pang POGO firms ang umalis ng bansa.

“I’ve heard there are other companies that also plan to cancel their licenses, but I haven’t received their official letters so I can’t name them yet,” lahad ni PAGCOR assistant vice president for offshore gaming licensing Jose Tria.

“There are other jurisdictions that have opened up offering better tax rates and friendlier environment,” dagdag pa nito.

“Some [POGOs] also can no longer take the criticisms they get each day that make them feel unwelcome in our country.”

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