Small town lottery operation in Bacolod City okayed

THE Bacolod City Council approved Wednesday the request for resolution of no objection (Rono) of Southern Shores Gaming Corp. to operate small town lottery (STL) supervised by Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in Bacolod City.

The Rono was requested by the firm’s president Ricardo Noble Sr. whose based of operation is located at SP Village in Barangay Pahanocoy.

Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said yesterday those who voted in favor of the passage were Councilors Cindy Rojas, Caesar Distrito, Elmer Sy, Bartolome Orola, and Dindo Ramos.

Councilors Renecito Novero and Ricardo Tan abstained while Councilors Sonya Verdeflor, Wilson Gamboa, Ann Marie Palermo, and Claudio Jesus Puentevella were out of the session hall when the item was taken up. Councilor Noli Villarosa was absent.

Familiaran said Bacolod has an ordinance authored by former Councilor Archie Baribar requiring gaming firms for STL, casino, and the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to secure a Rono from the City Council.

He said the Rono is part of the requirements to be complied by Noble for the approval of his application to grant the franchise.

In his letter addressed to the City Council, Noble stated that Southern Shores Gaming Corp. is applying for a business permit to operate an STL supervised by PCSO.

The City Treasurer’s Office will not compute and assess the firm’s business taxes unless and until it can present a Rono issued by the City Council, it added.

Verdeflor said she chose not to vote on the passage of Rono because she is not in favor of the STL operation in the city.

“I am a Christian and I am against it because it is a sort of gambling,” she added.

Verdeflor added that the STL is not beneficial for the poor because they are betting for small chances of winning.
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