Philippines to respond security claims


The government of Philippines is set to protect the tourism industry by implementing further security measures.

Philippines.- Tourists in the Philippines have demanded further security measures against possible terror attacks throughout the integrated resorts areas. President Rodrigo Duterte has worsen the complaints by revealing earlier this month that new potential attacks by Islamic State in Mindanao and other regions could be “bigger” than the attack on Marawi City, according to Philstar.

Meanwhile, the real estate consultancy firm Colliers International has urged the government to contribute with the gaming industry by reinforcing the security measures and delivering a softer message. The firm explained that the tourism industry’s revenues could be severely reduced during this quarter and spreading fear of attacks is not helping to swift the tendency.

“The tourism department should consider sending additional special missions to neighboring traditional markets…to quell concerns about safety and security in the country and to assure tourists that the terror attacks in Marawi City as well as the shooting incident in Resorts World Manila are isolated cases,” stated Colliers International, quoted by AGBrief.

After the shooting at the the Resorts World Manila where 38 people were killed earlier in June, 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 the implementation of 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 enter to any casino of the country.

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