Zubiri said his information came straight from the horse’ mouth.
Zubiri said no less than Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian told him at their meeting Monday (October 10) that the Philippines “is already being watched as a tourist hotspots and have been warning their countrymen of possible crimes that could happen to them.”
“What the good Ambassador meant was we could be possibly blacklisted as he mentioned they do that to countries who promote gambling for their countrymen,” he added. “The word ‘blacklist’ came from the good Ambassador and not from the Senators so truly there is a strong possibility that we are either already in the list or could be added on that list if POGOs continue to proliferate in our country,” Zubiri said.
Zubirisaid that fellow senators Robin Padilla and Win Gatchalian agreed with his statement that the Chinese ambassador was referring to a travel blacklist of the Philippines.
The Chinese Embassy in Manila on Tuesday night formally denied that China has included the Philippines in its blacklist for tourism.”The report of ‘tourist blacklist’ is misinformation. China has not placed the Philippines on its blacklist for tourism,” it said.Hours earlier, the… Read More
Palace yet to receive advisory on China’s blacklisting
The Philippines has been blacklisted by the Chinese government as a tourist destination due to the continuous operations of offshore gaming inthe country.
The information was revealed by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri on Tuesday, naming as his source Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian.
Zubiri said during the Senate ways and means committee hearing on Philippine Offshore Gaming,Ambassador Huang said “that the Philippines now is part of a blacklist of tourist sites because they do not know if a tourist will be joining POGO operations and they don’t know if their nationals who go to the Philippines will be safe from illegal activities being done by the triad, by the syndicates operating POGOs.”
Malacañang on Tuesday said it has yet to receive an advisory on the Philippines’ inclusion in China’s blacklist of tourist destinations.OPS officer-in-charge Undersecretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil made this remark after Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz”… Read More
MANILA–Department of Justice (DOJ) officials met with Chinese embassy representatives on Thursday to map out an exit plan for the repatriation of overstaying Philippine Overseas Gaming Operations (POGO) workers back to China.DOJ Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla met with Zhou Zhiyong,… Read More