The Philippine National Police noted a 50% spike in crimes involving Chinese, some of which are directly involved in Philippine offshore gaming operators in the country.
For Senate labor committee chairperson Joel Villanueva, the economic benefits from the industry may not be worth the social costs. He also slammed the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Department of Labor and Employment, Bureau of Internal Revenue, as well as the POGO inter-agency task force for having different figures on the industry employees.
Pagcor said there are over 118,000 workers, while DOLE counted over 156,000. However, property consultancy firms have estimated the number of workers reaching as high as 400,000.
Taxation also proved to be a problem. While the BIR collected 5.1 billion pesos in 2019, 27.4 billion pesos in tax liabilities of errant POGOs remain uncollected.