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NCRPO chief holds dialogue with POGOs to beef up security measures

National Capital Region Police Office chief Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo held a dialogue with operators of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations to discuss security issues related to their activities.

Estomo summoned the operators to a meeting to tackle alleged POGO and casino related kidnapping, serious illegal detention, robbery and other related crime incidents, and vowed to protect the workers.

The POGO operators talked about illegal detention cases within their establishment that were not reported for fear of reprisal, law enforcement operations in POGO establishments that supposedly amounted to harassment, the safety and security of POGO employees, and the other modus operandi of suspects victimizing POGO staff/employees.

But they also informed Estomo that they still want to continue their Philippine operations.

Estomo asked for their full cooperation as he bared plans to beef up security measures related to POGO operations.

“To protect legitimate businesses from lawless elements equates to the protection of the economy. Hence, we commit to protect legitimate business operations to help ensure that our economy will thrive,” he said.

The NCRPO would increase police presence through foot, mobile, and motorcycle patrol in POGO areas and nearby establishments, and would check out suspicious-looking person in the area.

It would also strengthen its cooperation with other government agencies for the proper documentation of POGOs and its employees, and for the formulation of an an inter-agency protocol in the conduct of police response, case handling, investigation and attending to other matters dealing with POGO related incidents

It would likewise conduct a seminar to train security managers and administrators of POGOs on how to control and prevent incidents, and how to properly report or coordinate with authorities in cases of kidnapping or serious illegal detention incidents in their area.