MANILA -- Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) did pay their taxes but "under the table” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. in a tweet on Thursday.
“The tax-evading POGOs did pay out as you must suspect but under the table which puzzled them. Usually they line up in a revenue office and pay up but this was special: collector whose affiliation to any department was kept a mystery turned up himself like home pick up,” Locsin said.
POGOs usually “line up in a revenue office and pay up” except where a collector turned up “like home pick up,” he added.
Locsin did not elaborate and said only that the collector’s affiliation “was kept a mystery.”
The BIR said in June that offshore gaming firms should not be allowed to reopen unless they pay their tax liabilities in full.
Only 1 Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) hub has closed so far as authorities seek their full tax compliance, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said earlier.
Macau-based Suncity Group is transferring its POGO to Cambodia which is dangling tax incentives to lure back operators it had lost to the Philippines.
Regulators earlier barred mostly Chinese-run POGOs from reopening in quarantine areas unless they settle all tax dues.