Philippines' Govt: No Entertainment Hubs Is Operating In Boracay Island
Philippines’ government official confirmed no entertainment hubs is operating in Boracay Island as it reopens on Friday (26th October).This came after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) agreed to revoke the franchises of entertainment hubs operators there.
"No entertainment hubs is existing in Boracay Island, and we intend to implement that regulation continuously," said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año in a press briefing on Friday. Año expressed that President Rodrigo Duterte has given him a "specific instruction" to stop entertainment hubs from operating in Boracay.
"For the existing entertainment hubs, the President gave specific instructions to me. No entertainment hubs shall be operating, even the existing ones,", he commented. Año remembered that Pagcor Chairperson Andrea Domingo "issued a cease and desist order" on 22nd October to stop Alpha Allied Holdings Limited from operating in Boracay. “The casino there is now padlocked”, said Año.
Pagcor had granted licenses to Alpha Allied Holdings Limited and a provisional one to Macau-based Galaxy Entertainment Group. Leisure & Resorts World Corporation, Galaxy's local partner, already purchased a land in Boracay but has not yet built physical structures. Pagcor has also indeterminately suspended Galaxy's license.
On the other hand, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra wants Duterte to issue an executive order banning casinos in Boracay eventually. He revealed that he has asked the Department of Tourism (DOT) to urge the Duterte to issue an executive order banning entertainment hubs in Boracay, as it will provide an overall legal framework that will set the no- entertainment hubs policy.