MANILA - The head of a Macau-based firm planning to build a $500 million integrated resort on Boracay island met with President Rodrigo Duterte 4 months ago to discuss the project, a senator said Tuesday. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Tuesday said photos released by Malacañang Palace showed President Duterte met with Dr. Lui Che Woo, chairman of Macau casino giant Galaxy Entertainment, last December. The provisional license for Galaxy's 23-hectare leisure complex was approved some 2 months after the meeting. New Boracay casino-resort construction set in 2019 "Kaya isinara ang Boracay ay para dito sa mga construction na ginagawa o planong gawin," Trillanes told reporters. "Kailangan kasi nilang gamitin ang port saka road network para magpasok ng construction materials at heavy equipment -- hindi nila magagawa iyan habang may mga turista," he added. (Boracay was closed for this construction. They need to use the port and road networks to bring in … [Read more...] about News Duterte met Macau casino giant head before casino OK
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MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will give lands in Boracay to farmers as a "land reform area," citing a law that describes the islands as a forest reserve and agricultural land. Speaking to the press before leaving for China, Duterte said no casinos nor any other businesses will be built on Boracay while it is closed for cleaning. He insists that by law, the whole island is fully owned by the government. "Master plan? Wala akong master plan diyan linisin ko muna 'yan kasi agricultural 'yan. So maybe after that, I'll give the farmers... I-land reform ko na 'yan. I tell you now i-land reform ko lahat 'yan then I'll give it to the farmers," he said. "Sasabihin ninyo how about the business there? I'm sorry but that is the law. The law says that it is a forest land, agricultural. Why would I deviate from that? Do I have a good reason to do that?" Duterte added. Boracay closed for 6 months starting April 26, says Roque Macau casino giant Galaxy … [Read more...] about News ‘No casinos’: Duterte says Boracay will be ‘land reform area’ for farmers
MANILA- Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu rejected on Friday the planned construction of a casino-resort on Boracay island. Cimatu responded with a "no" when asked by reporters on whether he favors the project. “Marami namang ibang lugar diyan,” he said, noting the pending results of a environmental study on Boracay’s capacity. Macau casino giant Galaxy Entertainment and its Filipino partner, Leisure and Resorts World Corp., have been granted a provisional license to build the $500-million integrated casino-resort on a 23-hectare property. The developers said they will begin construction next year. New Boracay casino-resort construction set in 2019 During Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of 3 government agencies to close Boracay to tourists starting April 26. Boracay closed for 6 months starting April 26, says Roque Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones had also said that the agencies … [Read more...] about News Cimatu rejects Boracay casino project
MANILA- Architect and urban planner Felino "Jun" Palafox on Saturday criticized the plan to build a casino-resort in Boracay island amid government's efforts to rehabilitate the top tourist destination. Palafox said construction should not be allowed on Boracay's white-sand beaches since it will damage the quality of the sand. "It might be the wrong land use at the wrong place at the wrong time on a personal basis and a professional basis," Palafox told ANC. New Boracay casino-resort construction set in 2019 Watch more in iWantv or TFC.tv The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp recently granted a "provisional license" to Macau casino giant Galaxy Entertainment and its Filipino partner, Leisure and Resorts World Corp, to build a 23-hectare casino-resort worth $500 million on the island. Palace defends $500-M casino-resort plan in Boracay Boracay tourism stakeholders have also expressed dismay over the planned casino construction. Boracay Foundation board member Connie Helgen said … [Read more...] about News Why urban planner opposes casino-resort in Boracay
RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO TO be quite frank, I was stunned when Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) chair Andrea Domingo told the press a few days ago that the agency would approve not one, but two mammoth casinos to operate in Boracay. The other day, she even had the signing ceremony for Pagcor’s grant of a license to a Macau firm to build a casino there televised. The project is a joint venture between Macau gaming giant Galaxy Entertainment Group and a unit of listed firm Leisure and Resorts World Corp. This company’s biggest individual stockholder is Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, a Liberal Party stalwart in that province until he defected to the ruling PDP-Laban before the 2016 elections. The other big stockholders are said to be a group of big stock market players that include Willy Ocier, Wilson Sy and Eusebio Tanco. The other casino will be at the Boracay Newcoast of property magnate Andrew Tan, in a joint venture with the Malaysian casino … [Read more...] about Two huge casinos in Boracay? Are they crazy?