Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed that 7 out of 10 adult Filipinos are alarmed by the rising presence of Chinese workers in the country, as President Rodrigo Duterte has recently launched a crackdown against Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos). 

Conducted from Sept. 27 to 30, the noncommissioned survey found that 31% “worried a great deal,” while 39% are “somewhat worried.”

Metro Manila had the highest proportion of those who were worried about the increasing number of Chinese workers in the country at 75%, followed by the Visayas at 71%, Luzon outside Metro Manila at 69%, and Mindanao at 67%. 

About half of the respondents agree that the rising number of Chinese workers is a threat to national security, while 27 disagree, for a net score (agree minus disagree) of 25 percent of threat to security

Those who believed the Chinese workers were a threat to security was highest in Metro Manila (38%), and then Luzon outside Metro Manila (27%), Mindanao (21%) and the Visayas (15%).

SWS used face-to-face interviews with 1,800 adults nationwide: 600 each in Balance Luzon and Mindanao, and 300 each in Metro Manila and the Visayas.  

The poll had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.3 percent for national percentages.

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Meanwhile, the 218 Pogo service providers have 108,914 foreign workers operating in the Philippines. In September, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) closed down three Pogo service providers. Then, on Nov. 30, Duterte warned that he would not allow Pogos, which mostly employ Chinese nationals and cater to Chinese online gamblers, to defraud the Philippine government.

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