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
Cordillera Career Development College
Department of Tourism – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Informatics Institute
Medline International Training Institute

Baguio Central University
Baguio Multicultural Institute
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Health – CAR
Department of Tourism – CAR
Fox Elite Immigration Consultancy
King’s College of the Philippines
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Philippine Veterans Bank
Philippine Women’s University – Baguio
Pines City Colleges
Regional Development Council & National Economic Development Authority – CAR
Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Benguet
Sutherland Global Services
University of Baguio

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center, Inc.
Baguio Water District
Banco De Oro
Barangay 92.7 FM
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Cordillera Kidney Specialists, Inc.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
Department of Science and Technology – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
John Hay Management Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
Nagomi Spa
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philex Mining Corporation
Philippine National Police – Police Regional Office – Cordillera
Pines International Academy Inc.
Pugad: Pugo Adventure
Rianella Printing Press
Social Security System
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