More casino proponents file applications
BY JUN AGUIRRE
BORACAY — More resorts in this resort island have expressed their intent of operating a casino here.
In January, the Malay Council endorsed the proposed operation of the Fairways and Country Club here.
The Fairways, however, has yet to get accreditation papers from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR).
“The Fairways is proposing to operate the casino by means of club membership,” said Malay Councilor Welbec Gelito, chair of the Committee on Games and Amusement.
“The Malay Council is interested to pursue casino operation in Boracay because it wanted to help the indigents of Malay to uplift their lives through revenues generated from the gaming facility,” he said.
On Thursday’s committee hearing in the Malay Council, the Crown Regency Resort and Convention Center and the La Carmela Resort has separately filed notices of intent in operating a casino here.
Also, Paradise Resort reportedly plans to file its intent in running a casino.
Atty. Freddie Villamor, representing the Crown Regency Resort, said they are proposing to the Council the experimentation of the so-called casino junket operation here.
“The casino junket operation is only for foreign-passport holders and should pre-book themselves from their country of origin before they will be scheduled to play casino in our resort,” said Villamor.
The Malay Council is currently studying the proposal of Crown Regency.
Boracay is considered a special case for casino gaming in the country.
PAGCOR, however, is reportedly very strict in terms of accrediting potential casino operators in this resort island.
At least 27 areas in the country have casinos. (PNA)