$447M ‘laundered’ money from POGOs entered PH

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A total of around $447 million (P22.69 billion) suspected to have been used in an alleged money laundering scheme linked to the Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) entered the country in the course of only five months.

Senator Richard Gordon disclosed this when he delivered a privilege speech Tuesday afternoon, as he presented a list of transactio­n details of millions of dollars coming into the Philippine­s from Hong

Kong and Singapore.

Gordon, who will conduct a Senate inquiry into the rise of Chinese money entering the country, said $447 million (P22.69 billion) were brought in by 47 individual­s — some of whom are Filipinos — from September 2019 to February 2020.

The senator noted that nearly half of this figure — $210 million (P10.6 billion) — was brought in by Chinese nationals.

He also presented several pictures which showed that some of this money was carried in suitcases.

“Andami-daming pumapasok na pera. One guy has come in with 47 times na pumapasok sa atin. You can see the various amounts coming in,” he said.

“Tuloy-tuloy kunwari investment. And the classic thing about it is that they are matino. Pumapasok nang legal. Dinideklar­a na sila’y nagpapasok ng milyung-milyon na dolyar,” he added.

Gordon then pointed out that this amount is already substantia­l enough to pay off a portion of the country’s debt. —Inquirer.net

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