Senator Risa Hontiveros called on the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Thursday (August 13) to investigate the Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino following the arrest in the resort of Chinese nationals allegedly involved in prostitution.
Hontiveros, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, wants Fontana’s owner and administration investigated for possible liability, saying it is not the first time that the resort became a hub for illegal activities.
Last May, an illegal underground hospital for tenants and workers of a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) company was discovered on Fontana’s premises. In 2016, 15 casino rooms in Fontana were ordered to temporarily close following the Bureau of Immigration’s (BI) arrest of around 1,300 illegal Chinese workers inside the leisure park.
“Habang nahihirapan tayong mga Pilipino sa COVID-19 pandemic, may mga Chinese prostitution rings naman na patuloy pa rin ang operasyon,” s”Hindi natin dapat hinahayaan na nagiging pugad tayo ng prostitusyon at iba pang krimen,” Hontiveros said.
Authorities recently arrested seven Chinese men, six Chinese women, and two Vietnamese women who are alleged to be involved in prostitution and human trafficking inside Fontana, which is located at the Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.
Hontiveros said Fontana’s license to operate can be suspended and eventually revoked if its owners and managers were found to be negligent.
“Responsibilidad nilang siguraduhin na sumusunod sa batas ang mga tenants nila,” she said.