An online gambling website in the Philippines that targets Chinese gamblers. Photo: Tory Ho

A Chinese crime wave hits Duterte’s Philippines as Pogos grow unchecked

  • An upswing in licences for offshore gaming firms has seen the Philippines become a ‘haven for Chinese criminals and criminal syndicates’
  • With 67 gambling-related kidnappings since 2017, why is the Duterte administration having trouble cracking down on the situation?
Topic |   China-Philippines relations

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An online gambling website in the Philippines that targets Chinese gamblers. Photo: Tory Ho
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.