Two resolutions supporting an application for electronic gambling (e-bingo) were revoked by the city council on Thursday, after Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong put them through a public consultation. This move however, did not amount to an enactment of a “no gambling policy” that was enforced in the early 1990s.
A unanimous vote led the council to withdraw Resolution Nos. 208 and 209, noting that there would be no objection to e-bingo operations to be established by RCC Global Entertainment in two hotels, one situated at the city center and another on Marcos Highway.
Different groups in the city had objected to this, foremost of which was Baguio Bishop Victor Bendico, who said that the diocese was against all forms of gambling.
A Change.org petition was also launched, declaring Baguio as a “no gambling zone.” The petition earned more than 1,300 signatures.
After the collapse of a hotel in Baguio in 1990, the city council passed a resolution the following year, called Resolution 236, that barred the “return of casinos to Baguio or the establishment of a new one under any other form or guise.”
in 2002, Resolution No. 122 was passed, “expressing the sentiment of the people of Baguio and the policy of the city government against gambling.”
This also took down the introduction of the state-run Small Town Lottery. This however, was overturned in 2015, when e-bingo operations were approved by the council.
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