Duterte opposes casinos in Boracay: P*t*ng in*, anong makukuha ng Pilipino diyan?
President Rodrigo Duterte will oppose any plan to put up a casino in Boracay Island.
In a pre-departure speech in Davao City, Duterte said as far as he was concerned, Boracay Island is an agriculture area and covered by land reform distribution policy of the government.
“Consider Boracay a land reform area. I will give to the farmers. To the Filipino first. Bakit bigyan ko kayo ng mga casino diyan? Putang ina, leche. Anongmakuha ng Pilipino diyan?” said Duterte.
“Lahat ‘yan. I will issue a proclamation, lahat, agricultural. We will not change the policy. It’s agriculture until now,” he added.
In a decision made in October 2008, the Supreme Court declared Boracay as both forest and agricultural land wholly owned by the government.
“Walang plano diyan casino-casino. Tama na ‘yun kasi sobra na. May casino dito, casino doon. Give it to the people who need it most,” said Duterte.
Duterte blasted the Philippine Star for reporting that he was in favor of putting up a casino in Boracay.
” There is the newspaper reports ,sa inyo (Philippine Star) ata ‘yon? Na I was — I was going to allow any casino there somewhere. Sa inyo ‘yon. Sa inyo… Newspaper mo lang binabasa — ‘yung iyo kasi nandiyan ka. Far from it actually, I never said anything about building anything or even a nipa hut there,” said Duterte.
“What I said is that that island itself is owned by the government. I’ve said it before, agricultural ‘yan pati forestal. Unless there is a law or a proclamation of the president setting aside anything there — any, an inch of land maybe, then that would be all right for others people to go in,” he added.
Bilyonaryos Andrew Tan and Albee Benitez have received approval from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to run a casino in Boracay.
Tan will open a casino at the Savoy Hotel in the Newcoast project in Boracay.
Benitezs’s Leisure and Resorts World Corp. has partnered with Macau’s Galaxy Casino to buld a $500 million gaming and entertainment complex in Boracay.