Company executives said that they share the President’s vision but they’re confident that they can still build a facility there.
Philippines.- President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has always been vocal about his opposition to gambling in the country. In 2018 alone, he has already tried to stop two new casinos, but Galaxy Entertainment Group is confident that the government can change its mind on the subject.
After the island of Boracay was closed by the Philippine government for a clean-up, President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed his stance on the casino ban in the area. Last week, the Department of Tourism (DOJ) stood by Duterte’s statements and said there won’t be any gaming venues in the island.
Francis Lui Yiu Tung, vice-chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd, said during a company press conference in Hong Kong that Galaxy actually shares the same vision as the president when it comes to Boracay’s environmental issues.
“I hope that we would be able to work with our local partners to explain to the Philippine authorities that their vision is the same as ours,” the executive stated. “Boracay is unique. To find another beautiful island with an international airport, close to China and Macau; there aren’t any, so I still prefer Boracay,” said Mr Lui.