What’s this I heard from the grapevine that more than a dozen foreign investors, particularly those involved in business outsourcing of gaming sites abroad, have already left the country and moved their operations to other Asian countries?
Rumor has it, within the business community, that some units of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), including the Bureau of Immigration (BI), have been mulcting millions every month from several service providers of online gaming based in China and South Korea.
The story goes something like this: authorities will secure a search warrant from a judge to be able to conduct a raid on a certain BPO office.
The lawmen would often claim violation of R.A. 8484 or access device, illegal online gambling, or violation of immigration laws before the court to secure warrants so as to justify their raid against certain online service providers.
While some companies are really into illegal gambling operations, most of those raided by the authorities are legitimate with proper business licenses and permits.
These legitimate BPOs provide service to online gaming abroad in the form of live streaming in the country of card games such as baccarat and poker but do not accept bets because “they just run the studios with dealers in it like actors or models”, said one service provider employee.
To avoid harassment and frequent visits from these lawmen, owners of these companies are reportedly doling out millions a month to these raiders from agencies.
Malacañang should start looking into this report before all these investors leave the country for good.
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CONG. ERICE JUST WANTS ATTENTION
Like a spoiled brat, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice wants to get the attention of the public by insisting that Congress should amend our constitution, particularly its political provisions, despite a recent survey showing that the people do not want lawmakers to tinker with it.
Erice, a sycophant to PNoy, has filed a bill to make changes in the 1987 constitution to pave the way for term extension not only of the chief executive but all elected officials of the land as well.
The former vice mayor of Caloocan insists that the recent Pulse Asia survey should not be taken seriously. He referred to it as a “mere guide” for lawmakers to continue to discuss Charter Change.
And, since no one wants to listen to his delusions, Erice even said during a radio interview over the weekend that either PNoy or Interior Sec. Mar Roxas would be the only candidates to have the edge against Vice President Binay in the upcoming 2016 Presidential race.
Many wonder if there are no problems or issues affecting the constituents of Erice in Caloocan that this lawmaker wastes his time in pursuing the amending of our Constitution rather than the needs of his people.
The people have spoken through the latest survey. Erice should stop his airing his delusions that we Filipinos want PNoy to be our president after 2016.
Wake up Cong. Erice , and start working for your constituents and not for your own personal interests!!!