Vice mayor, councilors won’t attend casino opening

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


BACOLOD City Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said that he and the members of the City Council will not attend the blessing and inauguration rites of the new hub of Casino Filipino Bacolod at the L’Fisher Hotel on 15th-Lacson Streets today, Wednesday.

Gasataya, who received an invitation from the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation (Pagcor), said it would be awkward for him and the councilors to show up after the City Council passed a resolution last Monday, informing Mayor Monico Puentevella that the City Council had not yet issued a Resolution of No Objection (Rono) for the transfer of the casino operations of Pagcor from Goldenfield Commercial Complex on Araneta Street to 15th-Lacson Streets.

Gasataya added that the City Council has not yet received an application for Rono from Pagcor except for the communication from its Casino Filipino Bacolod manager Andres Lizares, informing them that a copy of the resolution was already forwarded to their office.

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The vice mayor said that because of such predicament, the council members agreed that they will not attend today’s opening of the new venue of Pagcor’s casino operations.

He said the resolution authored by Councilor Archie Baribar was unanimously approved.

“It is clearly very awkward for us to attend the activity of Casino Filipino Bacolod since we had not yet granted or acted on the Rono,” Gasataya said.

He added that the stand of the City Council is for Pagcor to follow the Rono requirements as it is the august body that passed the ordinance.

Gasataya said the resolution does not ask the mayor to also refrain from attending the Pagcor activity, but it was to inform him of the stand of the City Council.

The vice mayor said that he does not want to project their action as a sort of protest. “I don’t want to put words to the said action of the Sanggunian but the action will speak for itself.”

Reports said the Pagcor started its casino operations at L' Fisher Hotel last December 26, despite the request of the council to secure first a Rono before they transfer to a new venue.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 08, 2014.

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