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Philippines – Court of Appeals says PAGCOR must award sixth Entertainment City licence

By - 3 December 2018

The Philippines Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld a Manila court ruling which ordered PAGCOR (the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) to grant a provisional license to Waterfront Philippines Incorporated to build and operate a casino hotel. It would be the sixth licence awarded for Entertainment City in Parañaque City where Waterfront wants to build the Grand Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

The court said that Waterfront wanted a license “similar to those granted to Resorts World Manila, City of Dreams, Solaire Resort and Casino, and Okada Manila.” It also said Waterfront should be paid P200,000 in damages.

The CA 6th Division supported the August 2017 decision made by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch. Waterfront first filed aits petition in March 2015, paying a $100m cash deposit.

Associate Justice Samuel Gaerlan. Said: “Considering that no additional documents were further required to be submitted, Waterfront is deemed to have completed the requirements for its project application, which warranted the review and evaluation thereof. In this case, we find that the RTC rulings supported by factual and legal justifications, thereby negating the imputation of grave abuse of discretion on its part.”

Caption: Waterfront also operates Waterfront Hotel in Cebu

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