Guo’s live-in partner runs illegal Pogos; he’s also a public official, says Estrada

(INQUIRER) MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada alleged on Wednesday that controversial Mayor Alice Guo’s live-in partner, who happens to be a public official, is managing the operations of illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos) in Bamban, Tarlac.

“I heard from a very reliable source that the operation of Pogo in her town — the one operating it, managing it, or handling it, is her partner. Incidentally, her partner is also a public official,” said Estrada in an interview over ANC.

Estrada, however, refused to provide the name of Guo’s partner.

“Maybe during the hearing,” he said.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, who heads the chamber’s panel on women leading probe on Guo’s alleged ties to Pogos, earlier flagged the town mayor’s supposed links to criminals.

Despite repeated questioning from senators, Guo categorically denied having connections to Pogos.

“First of all, I am not connected with Pogo. I am not an operator or protector of Pogo. I am not related to any operation or any activities within and outside Pogo,” said Guo then.