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Senate Issues Arrest Warrant for Suspended Mayor Alice Guo and 7 Others

Alice Guo

The Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, led by Sen. Risa Hontiveros, has issued contempt charges against suspended Bamban, Tarlac Mayor Alice Guo and seven others. Here’s a detailed account of the unfolding events according to the report of Tutubi News Magazine.

Contempt Charges and Senate Action

Mayor Alice Guo and her associates, including Nancy Gamo, Dennis Cunanan, Wenyi Lin, Seimen Guo, Juan Zhong Guo, Wesley Guo, and Shiela Guo, face contempt charges for repeatedly ignoring subpoenas issued by the Senate. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian initiated the motion for contempt due to their persistent absence from committee hearings.

Senate Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada has called for an arrest warrant against Mayor Guo to ensure her presence at the next hearing. Senate doctors assessed Guo’s health and mental well-being in response to concerns about her condition.

Sen. Hontiveros will submit the names of those charged with contempt to Senate President Francis “Chiz” Escudero for issuing arrest warrants. The committee remains firm in its directive to uphold accountability and ensure compliance with Senate proceedings.

Harry Roque’s Involvement with POGO

Separately, former Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was implicated in lobbying for Lucky South 99, a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO), at the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). PAGCOR Chief Alejandro Tengco disclosed Roque’s involvement during a committee hearing, revealing discussions related to unpaid taxes and license renewals.

Moreover, Tengco clarified that Roque accompanied a client, Cassandra Lee Ong, in discussions concerning PAGCOR matters, denying any undue pressure or illegal involvement. The committee plans to summon Roque and former PAGCOR Chairman Andrea Domingo for further inquiries.

In response to the allegations, Roque denied serving as legal counsel for any illegal POGO operations, maintaining his actions were within the bounds of legal facilitation.

Furthermore, this unfolding saga underscores the Senate’s pursuit of transparency and adherence to legal protocols in governance and regulatory affairs concerning POGO operations in the Philippines.

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