Culling unscrupulous POGOs: Pagcor strips license of Crimson Tulip for kidnapping, illegal detention of 132 staff

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has revoked the license of a Pasig-based Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) for kidnapping and detaining 143 Filipino and foreign workers.

Pagcor revoked the license of Crimson Tulip BPO, which lists 1604 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue as its office address, after government authorities rescued the victims.

The National Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Immigration raided Crimson Tulip’s satellite office in Cainta, Rizal after receiving a call from the Chinese Embassy requesting for the rescue of Chinese nationals.

The NBI and BI rescued 70 Chinese, 16 Vietnamese, two Taiwanese, one Malaysian and 44 Filipinos who were allegedly forced to work in Crimson Tulip’s operations.

Pagcor said the revocation of Crimson Tulip’s license is proof of its seriousness in stopping the POGO-related crimes which have put legitimate POGO operations in a bad light.

Pagcor Chairman and CEO Alejandro Tengco said failure to arrest the rise of POGO-related crimes could force the government to pull the plug on the industry, including legitimate players.

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