Pagcor Suspends Resorts World Manila License To Operate
The license of Resorts World Manila to operate casinos has been suspended by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).
The Provincial License (PL) granted to the Resorts World Manila (RWM) to operate casinos and other gaming facilities have been suspended by Pagcor pending results of the investigation regarding the 38 people died, including the gunman during the attack last June 02, 2017.
Resorts World Manila must temporarily stop all of their gaming operations while the investigation on the June 2 incident is going on, according to Pagcor.
The casino hotel in Pasay City has been stormed by the gunman identified as Jessie Carlos who set a fire inside the hotel, then killed 37 guests and employees. About 50 individuals were injured in the said incident and the gunman later committed suicide.
“The said suspension will remain until RWM rectifies its serious security lapses and deficiencies – which caused not only the loss of lives and damaged properties but also placed the Philippine gaming, tourism, and hospitality industries in the bad light,” said by Pagcor quoted by Philstar.
Pagcor also said that they will impose corresponding sanctions and penalties if Resorts World Manila will not comply the ruling. It also required RWM to submit their security and safety protocols to ensure that safety of everyone on such incidents.
RWM’s chief operating officer Stephen Reilly said that they will rebuild a better and strong new Resorts World. He also said that they asked Blackpanda to review their security and safety protocols to identify, which areas need improvement.
On Wednesday (June 07, 2017), Reilly also admitted that they have lapses in security, which enabled the gunman Jessie Carlo to enter the casino and cause terrorism among hotel’s guest and employees, which all took the life of 37 people.
Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano lll proposed a bill imposing a P3, 000 entrance for casino gamblers to prevent poor people from becoming poorer due to gambling. He also said that they would make sure that they will be stricter this time upon entry.