House cancels PAGCOR probe

PARTY LIST Rep. Teddy Casiño today reiterated his call to suspend the Entertainment City licence and expressed disappointment with the sudden cancellation of the scheduled probe on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) anomalies of the House Committee on Games and Amusement.

“Sa dami ng lumalabas na anomalya at korapsyon sa Entertainment City at PAGCOR, ang kagyat dapat na gawin ni Pangulong Aquino eh suspendihin angprovisional licence nito. Nasa kapangyarihan naman nito ng Presidente at nakasaad sa provisional licence na kapag may mga kwestiyon sa proyekto eh pwede na agad itong kanselahin,” Casiño said.

“I was supposed to raise this in today’s scheduled hearing and I was dismayed when it was suddenly cancelled late yesterday afternoon. I was hoping that former PAGCOR consultants Rodolfo Soriano and Atty. Manuel Camacho would be there, as well as former PAGCOR chair Efraim Genuino and current chair Cristino Naguiat. The testimony of these key people are critical in shedding light to previous and current anomalies in PAGCOR, especially with its dealings with Kazuo Okada,” said the solon.

“As it is, Okada’s companies from Universal Entertainment, Aruze USA, Eagle 1, Eagle 2 and Tiger Resort have all been treated very favourably by Genuino’s PAGCOR, as well as up to now. It really appears that Okada has a “most favoured client” status, and even Atty. Jay Santiago, VP of Pagcor for Legal Affairs said that they are afraid of offending his companies because they have a huge investment in the country,” added Casiño.

“Kung natuloy sana ang hearing ngayon ay napakita natin sa komite na kasabay ng mga sinasabing mga pabor kay Genuino, Soriano, Mike Arroyo at Naguiat at daloy ng pera mula sa mga kompanya ni Okada papunta kay Soriano ay yoon din ang panahon na naaprubahan ang tax incentives ng Tiger Entertainment at ang Special Economic Zone status nito,” the Makabayan senatorial said.

“The worse thing is that as PAGCOR and the previous administration have apparently been favouring Okada’s companies, even those mandated to investigate the anomalies seem to be also favouring them. The least the Aquino government can do is to suspend the provisional licence for the Entertainment City because of the many anomalies surrounding it; even Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cancelled the NBN-ZTE deal when it was exposed,”  Casiño said.

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