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PAGCOR Press Statement on Quezon City’s insistence to impose casino entry fees

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PAGCOR Press Statement on Quezon City's insistence to impose casino entry fees
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As Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte continues to insist on the imposition of entrance fees to Quezon City residents who wish to play in casinos and other gambling facility in the area, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) underscores several cases and provisions that cite the supremacy of national government over local government units.

First, in “Basco vs. PAGCOR (1991)”, wherein the City of Manila filed a case seeking to annul the PAGCOR charter, the court ruled that Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1869 waived the right of the city to impose taxes and fees. The court decision cited that the power of the local government to impose taxes and fees “is always subject to limitations which Congress may provide by law.”

It furthered that P.D. 1869 remains an operative law, until amended or repealed.

Another case, “City of Cagayan de Oro vs. Pryce and PAGCOR (1994)”, cited that ordinances should not contravene a statute that is obvious. It stated that “municipal governments are only agents of the national government; and local councils exercise only delegated legislative powers from Congress as the national law-making body.” Hence, local government units cannot be superior to Congress from which they derive their powers.

The third case, “Herbert Bautista vs. PAGCOR (2016)”, cited that under its Charter, PAGCOR and its agents are exempted from paying local taxes as P.D. 1869 Section 13 provides that “no tax of any kind or form, income or otherwise, as well as fees, charges or levies of whatever nature, whether national or local, shall be assessed and collected under this Franchise from the Corporation nor shall any form of tax or charge attach in any way to the earnings of the Corporation, except a franchise tax of five percent of the gross revenue or earnings derived by the Corporation from its operation under this franchise.”

The entry fees on the city residents who will enter the casino which the Quezon City local government is contemplating on imposing, takes the form of “tax” because of its nature to generate revenues.

However, if the purpose of the imposition of entry fees is to discourage citizens to frequent gaming facilities, such practice is an obvious exercise of police power, and in fact, an encroachment on the function of a national regulatory entity.

PAGCOR, having been granted by Congress with the power to regulate gambling, has the authority to determine the rules and regulations that may deem fit in the regulation of the gaming industry.

If PAGCOR does not find it necessary to impose entrance fees to its clients, then Quezon City’s local government cannot supersede this even if it claims that the imposition of entry fees is only applicable to their constituents.

Besides, if the local government of Quezon City believes that doing such is tantamount only to “safeguarding the welfare of their people”, why did it grant so many Letters of No Objection (LONOs) and Resolutions of No Objection (RONOs) to bingo and other electronic gaming sites in Quezon City?

As of February 28, 2019, there are 97 electronic gaming sites in Quezon City. Of this number, 63 are bingo sites and 34 are eGames gaming sites. This figure does not include the LONO and RONO granted by Quezon City government to Solaire Resort and Casino.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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IAG Joins with Alphaslot for FTAF in G2E Asia 2019

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Inside Asian Gaming, Asia’s leading gaming industry media brand, has announced its involvement in the Financial Technology Asia Forum at G2E Asia 2019, in partnership with forum curator Alphaslot.

The Financial Technology Asia Forum will bring together international industry leaders to share their insights on the challenges and opportunities for FinTech in the gaming entertainment industry. The forum will also examine blockchain technology from the casino operator and supplier’s perspective, including academic implementation, potential use case studies and implications for responsible gaming.

The morning session will be chaired by IAG CEO Andrew W Scott, and the afternoon session will be chaired by VP of International Business for iClick Interactive Asia Kelly Leung.

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Gujarat Government to Ban Online Gambling

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Gujarat government is going to change its current gambling laws. The changes would include a total ban on online gambling. The city has already imposed a ban on a number of online video games, which was thought to increase aggression in children.

A K Singh, Ahmedabad city police chief, has asked the Gujarat game department to consider changes to gambling laws. He believes that the existing gambling laws only consider physical gambling and betting.

“Recently, the CID crime branch and home department officials had held a meeting to bring changes to gambling laws. It is tough, as gambling in some parts of the world is legal, while in India it is illegal,” Singh said.

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Sasebo Chamber of Commerce to Host Business-Connect Seminar in Conjunction with Nagasaki Prefecture

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The Sasebo Chamber of Commerce announced that they will hold a seminar titled “Business-Connect” at Arkas Sasebo on Thursday, June 27 2019. The event will be held by the Chamber of Commerce and will be officially sanctioned by Nagasaki Prefecture. The event will be open to members of the Chamber of Commerce as well as the local private sector from Sasebo, Nagasaki and from the greater Kyushu Region as a whole.

The Business-Connect seminar will focus on connecting both Sasebo and Kyushu’s private sector leaders with integrated resort operators and developers who are focused on the region. This will include presence by those operators seeking to develop a resort in Nagasaki, as well as those who see the Kyushu region as a potential opportunity for future investment and development. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how IR operators manage procurement processes, the scale of the property development and hear from several prominent academic and government figures. The event will also include several operators, primarily those who have shown an interest in the working with Nagasaki on the development of an integrated resort within the region.

In addition to integrated resort development, Nagasaki as well as the Greater Kyushu Region have seen increased interest from a variety of developers seeking long term investment opportunities. The Business-Connect seminar aims to allow the private sector to meet and connect directly with those seeking to invest within the region through both an education seminar and a private networking event.

Mr. Kousei Tsuji of the Nagasaki Marine IR Promotion Council, Sasebo Chamber of Commerce stated: “We are pleased to launch the Business-Connect seminar as the great opportunity to increase the awareness of the scale of IR development, and support for the integrated resort industry within the local private sector of Sasebo. It is important that local business leaders understand the full potential the industry brings to the region and are presented with opportunities to connect with international operators who may invest into our city.”

The event will be held in conjunction with HOGO, a marketing firm based in both Macau and Japan who will assist in the promotion, management and branding of the event as a whole.

 

About HOGO:

HOGO is a marketing strategy and corporate communications company that focuses on the tourism, hospitality, gaming and entertainment industries. Based in Macau, the agency has offices in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Japan. Focused on creative marketing and strategic vision, HOGO works with clients to further develop and build their brands throughout Asia Pacific. | Website: www.hogodigital.com

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