Issue of June 11, 2017
Mt. Province

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Mayor hopes nod on bingo run will stop illegal gambling
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The city government has thrown in the towel with regards the inclination of people to gamble, reason why it is consenting to legal gambling, such as bingo in Baguio City.

“Whether we like it or not, illegal gambling persists. Even if I, and others it appears, do not want gambling, it is better that we have legal than illegal gambling. Wala tayong magawa sa taong ang kanyang happiness ay ang magsugal. So okay, bigyan mo sila ng opportunity na maglaro sa ligal na paraan,” Mayor Mauricio Domogan said last Wednesday when asked of the city’s official stand on bingo.

The mayor noted that residents of Baguio and Benguet are mostly the ones comprising a casino in nearby La Union, which he saw himself when he was attending an official function in the resort facility.

He added that some raids made on illegal gambling dens in the city yielded citizens who reasoned that they were only playing as a pastime and to keep their minds active, in the case of another who was a retiree.

“It’s good that nobody from Baguio died or got injured at Resorts World Manila,” he added, referring to the attack at the high-end recreation center in Manila by a former government employee who set fire on play tables resulting in the death of more than 30 people due to alleged suffocation.

The gunman, who later committed suicide by also setting himself on fire using gas, was found out to be in deep trouble after getting hooked to gambling and incurring millions of unpaid loans.

Domogan said he hopes the recent approval of applications and renewal of existing permit to operate bingo would stop the operations of all illegal games in the city.

The city council recently passed two resolutions interposing no objection to the request of Highland Gaming Corporation to continue operating traditional and e-bingo at its present locations at SM City Baguio and at the Baguio Centermall, and a new outlet at Albergo Hotel.

“This is the stand of city, which I only noted,” Domogan said.

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Baguio Country Club
Department of Tourism – CAR
University of Baguio
Venus Parkview Hotel

Congressman Mark O. Go
Department of Health – CAR
Kings College of the Philippines
Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts Inc.
Philex Mining Corporation
Pines City Colleges
Province of Benguet
Sangguniang Panlungsod
SM City Baguio
Social Security System

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Central University
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center Inc.
Baguio Memorial Chapels Incorporated
Baguio Water District
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Curamed Pharmacy
Data Center College of the Philippines of Baguio City Inc.
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Department of Transportation – CAR
Easter College Incorporated
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Fast East Pacific Commercial
Filipino–Japanese Friendship Association of Northern Luzon, Inc.
GMS Technology
Immigration Network Services, Inc.
La Funeraria Paz, Inc.
Mayor Romeo K. Salda
MMS Development Training Center Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
National Economic & Development Authority–CAR
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philippine Science High School – CARC
R.A. Gapuz Review Center
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – CAR
Solibao – Ganza Restaurant
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
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