Pagcor opens another casino

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) did not transfer the Casino Filipino Bacolod to another location, but opened another venue at L’ Fisher Hotel to expand its casino gaming operations in the city.

Pagcor chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr. issued a statement Wednesday in response to the resolution of the City Council stating that Pagcor has not yet obtained a resolution of no objection (Rono) for the transfer of its casino operations.

Pagcor has been operating a casino at the Goldenfield Commercial Complex in the southern part of the city since the 1990s, and in recent years, put up slot machines at L’ Fisher Hotel before finally opening the casino Wednesday.

Naguiat said it is a business decision to expand their casino gaming operations at L’Fisher.

"This is a management decision to take this direction. We have a target to achieve. Bacolod and Negros Occidental have a potential in terms of tourism. This is a beautiful casino now," he said.

Naguiat said the L' Fisher Hotel management has improved the location of the casino and Pagcor is renting the space from them. "It is ideal to operate in a hotel. Casinos cannot operate independently."

Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya earlier said that he and the councilors are not attending the blessing and inauguration rites, because it would be awkward after they passed the resolution regarding the Rono. Read the related story.

Naguiat said “what is there to comply for the City Government of Bacolod as Pagcor only operates in areas where we are welcome."

"We have been here since 2001, and I think, we have a good relationship with everybody. We have to study the so-called resolution of no objection as reportedly required by the Sangguniang Panlungsod,” the Pagcor chairman said.

He added, “We have national laws that are sometimes in conflict with the local laws. But these things can be discussed and I think this is not an issue. Pagcor has been helping the city and province in its tourism projects.”

Naguiat said Gasataya and members of the City Council did not show up during the opening, but the vice mayor joined them over lunch.

Bacolod City Representative Evelio Leonardia also joined Pagcor president and chief operating officer Jorge Sarmiento, and hotel owner Roseller Ciocon during the ribbon-cutting rites.

Mayor Monico Puentevella also came and he welcomed the expansion of Pagcor in Bacolod. "We can always find a win-win solution on the matter.” (With reports from TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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