Manila, Philippines-The Philippine National Police announced that there have been no recorded cases of kidnapping and other crimes related to Philippine offshore gaming operators since September 15.
PNP officials made the statement after senators asked if they could handle crimes related to the POGO industry.
During the hearing of the Senate committee on ways and means on Monday, the PNP assured the senators that the police have taken steps to solve crimes related to POGO.
He said this resulted in zero-POGO-related crimes in the National Capital Region, Region III and Region IV-A after the Senate discussed the various POGO issues on September 15.
First of all, Senator Ronald dela Rosa requested an update from the PNP if any crimes related to Pogo have been recorded in recent weeks.
“After our last hearing, what is the improvement of our peace and order situation as far as POGO-related crimes are concerned? Has there been any kidnapping yet? Has there been a massacre… POGO-related?” asked Dela Rosa, former PNP chief.
The response of Police Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo, acting regional director of the National Capitol Region Police Office, “since the hearing, up to today, there has been no incident of kidnapping in Metro Manila.”
Region 3 acting regional director PBGen Cesar Pasiwen and Region IVA acting regional director PBGen Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. said no POGO incidents were reported in Central Luzon and Calabarzon during the week.
Estomo said, this is a result of their focus on crime prevention where they have increased police visibility, added police outposts in POGO areas such as Entertainment City and close coordination with POGOs and government agencies such as the Bureau of Immigration and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Eugene Ang supported the testimony of the PNP officials.
“We have noticed that with the quick action of our law enforcement agencies, particularly the different agencies of the PNP and the NBI, peace and order has greatly improved and lately for the last two weeks we have not received any more reports on abductions and kidnappings,” sabi ni Ang.
“We would like to congratulate the law enforcement agencies and we hope that they would continue the effort to make sure that the peace and order situation is under control,” dagdag pa niya. RNT
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