Boracay Will Re-Open With No Casinos

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When it re-opens in the future, the Filipino island of Boracay will not have any casinos within the resorts on the sandy beaches.

The government of the Philippines has been anti-gambling since President Rodrigo Duterte was elected, and that has extended to resorts being strictly regulated in terms of casino games. The island closed for six months in an effort to clean up the tiny island, which had a malfunctioning sewer system and needed extensive renovations. The government is set to begin allowing travel to Boracay again on October 26th.

Speaking about the restrictions Departement of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said, "[President Duterte] has even instructed the Department of Tourism to close down the existing casinos in the island. So there will be no casinos at all in Boracay."

Despite the declaration, it's questionable whether or not the DoT can actually close the casinos. Some politicians feel that the country's gaming regulator PAGCOR has the exclusive jurisdiction over all casinos. This view is being taken by the Galaxy Entertainment Group, who is planning on building a massive $500 million resort that's slated to open in 2021.

It looks like we're gearing up for a direct faceoff within the government. Casino Listings will follow this story and will update readers as we learn more.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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23 August 2018 - 12:56pm
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Yeah, interesting read that, will see whether Philippine authorities could close all the casinos there but I personally wouldn't risk to invest 500mill of a casino building in a country where the president is so anti gambling, that's just me but probably in GEG they know better.