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Can Galaxy still build casino in Boracay? – Binay

  • Written by Camille P. Balagtas
  • Published in Provincial
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SENATOR Nancy Binay yesterday asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the
Department of the Interior and Local Government about the plan of Galaxy of Macau to put up a
casino in Boracay amid the recommendation for a one year shutdown of the former island paradise to
pave the way for its rehabilitation. 

“Sinasabi ng PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) na tuloy ang plano ng
Galaxy Entertainment Group at ang local partner nitong Leisure and Resorts World na magtayo ng
isang $500-million casino complex sa Boracay, kaya kailangan malaman natin kung paano mangyayari
ito kung planong isarado ang isla. Marami po tayong tanong na kailangan nilang sagutin,” Binay
said. 

The PAGCOR said that they will be signing the contract for Galaxy’s provisional license
before March ends.
    
Binay said  that the public has a   right to know how the executive department would
proceed with the group’s application for a casino in Boracay.
    
“Karapatan po ng taongbayan na malaman ang status ng Galaxy dahil sinasabi natin na
isasarado ang Boracay ngunit nababalita naman na may nakaambang construction ng casino,” Binay
said.
    
The senator said a six-month moratorium for construction will be imposed on the island
starting June this year.
    
The DENR, DILG, and the Department of Tourism (DoT)  also recommended a one-year closure
of the island to give way for its rehabilitation.
    
Binay wanted to know where Galaxy would build its casino in Boracay.
    
“Maraming areas na po sa Boracay ang developed na, so saan itatayo ng Galaxy ang casino
nito? Mag-dedemolish ba ng mga nakatayo nang structures to give way to Galaxy, or will it build on
beach or forested land? Will Galaxy build on a wetland?” she asked.
    
The female senator asked the DENR and the DILG to be transparent in its dealings,
especially in its application for permits and licenses.
    
“The Senate would also want to be informed of its compliance to existing laws and
government issuances,” she said.