The confusion between the Philippines government and its gaming regulator PAGCOR has continued with the Department of Local and Interior Government now overruling PAGCOR President Alfredo Lim’s suggestion that the Boracay casino licence could still be processed.
Plans by Galaxy Entertainment and its partner Leisure and Resorts World Corp. for a US$500m integrated resort on the Philippine holiday island of Boracay were halted by President Duerte in January in a move to protect existing casinos and prevent oversupply.
Pagcor President Lim, recently said that the five license applications that had been received before a suspension, including Galaxy Entertainment’s plans for a casino in Boracay, would still be processed.
However, addressing an open forum of the 2nd pre-State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) 2018 Forum in Pasay City, Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Secretary Eduardo Año said: “The President had already decided and announced that no construction of casino Boracay will be allowed. The people go to Boracay to swim, not to gamble. So there will be no casino there.”
He stressed that the Boracay Rehabilitation Inter-Agency Task Force chief and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu also opposed a casino in Boracay.