By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang is having misgivings about the reported plan of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to move Chinese workers in Philippine offshore gaming operations in self-contained communities.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo expressed concern about the possible rights’ violation if the foreign workers’ liberties are restricted just because of alleged rude behavior.
“If you will restrict their liberties, then there might be a violation because if your only reason is rudeness, you can always subject them to violation of the Revised Penal Code,” Panelo said during a Palace press briefing.
“We have laws. If their rudeness falls within violation of the Revised Penal Code, then you can prosecute them,” he added.
Panelo, however, said the Palace would still wait for PAGCOR’s official statement on the matter. He claimed the supposed plan to isolate the Chinese workers was still “vague.”
“We haven’t received any official communication from PAGCOR regarding its decision to isolate certain Chinese because of…I mean POGOs, because of its—of the Chinese nationals rude behavior,” he said.
“We’ll wait for the communication from PAGCOR…I want to see first the exact dimension of that plan,” he added.
PAGCOR vice president for offshore gaming Jose Tria reportedly proposed the creation of “self-contained communities” for Chinese workers supposedly to limit their interaction with Filipinos. Tria claimed that such POGO hubs would help resolve alleged complaints over the rude behavior of some Chinese workers.