Around 280 illegal Chinese POGO workers face deportation | Global News

Around 280 illegal Chinese POGO workers face deportation

/ 08:22 PM September 22, 2022
Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla meets with Zhou Zhiyong, Chargé D' Affaires Ad Interim from the Chinese Embassy in Manila

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla meets with Zhou Zhiyong, Chargé D’ Affaires Ad Interim from the Chinese Embassy in Manila where they discussed the POGO-related crimes. (Photo from DOJ-PIO)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government targets to deport around 280 Chinese most of whom are involved in illegal POGO (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators) operations, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla said Thursday.

“Right now, we have less than 300 in custody, but we expect more to be there for deportation,” Remulla told reporters after his meeting with Zhou Zhiyong, Chargé D’ Affaires Ad Interim from the Chinese Embassy in Manila.

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Aside from the 280, Remulla said there are other Chinese in custody for overstaying and other crimes.

“We have to investigate first — involvement in crime is a police matter. The Department of Justice’s concern is how we apply the law in a situation like this to prevent a crisis from happening,” he said.

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After investigation, he said there were protocols that needed to be followed. He said they asked for China’s accommodation for their overstaying citizens.

China is currently following a strict protocol when it comes to COVID-19.

“We agree on matters that have to be agreed upon; there are protocols [from] the requesting, [from] the accepting States,” he said.

Remulla is hopeful that by the end of September or the first week of October, they can start deportation, beginning with more than 300 Chinese.

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