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I’m not granting anything: Duterte firm there won’t be new casinos built in PH

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On the heels of firing all of Nayong Pilipino Foundation’s board members, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated on Wednesday (August 8) that there will be no new casinos built in the country while he is in office.

In a speech at the Philippine National Police’s 117th anniversary in Camp Crame, Duterte said he had to fire the NPF’s board because of the disadvantageous terms of the contract it sealed with Hong Kong’s Landing International for the construction of a $1.5 billion casino-resort complex in Parañaque’s Entertainment City.

“You don’t give gambling licenses or franchises for 75 years. What I mean to say is, when a child is born today, 75 years later — he is that old — there will still be gambling in the city? I will not allow it,” he said.

“I hate gambling. I don’t want it. There will be no casinos outside what is existing. I’m not granting anything,” Duterte added.

Landing International has maintained that the project will push through despite the firing of the NPF’s board because its contract with the government remains “valid and effective.”