A LAWYER representing Limketkai Sons Incorporated said the concerns raised by Church groups as well as by the academe on the supposed opening of a casino operation in Cagayan de Oro City are not new.
Lawyer Armando Kho said many of the problems Church leaders say are tied with casinos are already existing problems of the city.
“Ang ilang concerns (They’re concerns), whether or not naay casino or wala (there’s a casino or none), are already existing sa atong syudad (in our city), but we will respond in the position paper that the committee required us to submit,” he said.
Kho said as a pioneer business developer of the city, the Limketkai also aims to develop its mall complex by putting up a casino, which he said, is a trend in various cities in the country such as the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
Kho said putting up a casino within the mall will enhance the image of the city as a tourist destination.
“We project that with a casino being operated in the city, it will grow various stories not only from the different parts of the country, but also from our neighboring countries in Southeast Asia,” he said.
“The Philippines is now being promoted as an alternative to the casino complexes now existing in Macau, which is a territory of China, and as a pioneering business developer of the city, Limketkai wants to operate this casino complex,” he added.
The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, meanwhile, challenged the City Council to reject the proposal and “not go down in history as the city council which allowed addiction in the city.”
“This City Council would not want to be known as having contributed to the spread of this disease. The mandate of this council is to cure, and not to contribute to sickness,” a statement of the Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese said.
“We appeal to the city council to prevent the establishment of a casino. What the city of Cagayan de Oro needs is to promote investments, which will create real wealth, create value, create and mend relationships,” it adds.
The Archdiocese said it is confident that it will again be successful in leading the protest against the casino construction, citing that it had previously barred three casino proposals in the city before.