DILG confirms: No more casinos operating in rehabilitated Boracay

Boracay island prior its 6-month long rehabilitation / photo file from Philstar

Manila, Philippines – Under the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, all casinos in the newly-reopened Boracay Island have stopped operation.

During the formal reopening of Boracay, today, October 26, Department of Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Eduardo Año said Duterte gave him specific instructions earlier to ensure that no single casinos will operate once the island reopens, even the existing ones.

"There are no casinos now existing in Boracay Island. We intend to implement that regulation continuously,” Año said in a press briefing with Boracay Interagency Task Force heads.

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation was also tasked to cancel the existing permits granted to casinos in Boracay.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra explained that the permanent and provisional franchises of existing casinos can be revoked at anytime.

"Walang question on that, that can be revoked because that's a mere privilege extended by the state," he said.

In line with this, the President was recommended to issue an executive order to implement a policy that will ban casinos on the island. 

Source: CNN Philippines

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