The Philippine gaming authority Pagcor has also rejected the casino entry fee proposal.
Philippines.- After the shooting at the the Resorts World Manila where 38 people were killed earlier this month, Philippine authorities have proposed several measures to strengthen the national control over casino activities. As well as preventing problem gambling, the government is requiring further laws to increase security.
Legislators are discussing two major plans to enhance the casino control. One of them is a casino entry fee, which was rejected by Pagcor (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp) as the authority argued that it would affect the business. Under the amendment, casino participants would have to pay PHP3000 (US$61) in order to get the permission to enter to any casino of the country.
GGRAsia reported that Andrea Domingo, head of Pagcor, announced the entity’s opposition to the measure. “If the PHP3,000 would be imposed as an entrance fee, it would wipe out the whole mass market,” Domingo said. “It will have a negative effect, we hope Congress would be listening to all those affected.”
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives of the Philippines is reportedly considering a second measure to ban of individuals from casinos. As ABC CBN News reported, the House is also set to treat the policy of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) law.