Roundup; Luzon

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Residents barred from casino

BAGUIO CITY No Baguio residents shall be allowed inside the casino at Camp John Hay. This was confirmed last Friday after the Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevCo) vowed to abide by a City Council resolution disallowing Baguio residents from entering the premises of the proposed casino at Camp John Hay. Laywer Ma. Georgina Alvarez, CJHDevCo senior vice president for legal and corporate, said it is clear from the provisions of a resolution adopted by the City Council on Nov. 4 that the gaming and entertainment complex would only allow tourists and members into the facility. Right from the very start, we have stressed that the approval of the proposal to operate the casino was premised on the condition that the proponent will comply with all laws, rules and regulations pertinent to the Camp John Hay casino project. The limitations were set by the City Council, and we have to abide by them, she added. The condition not to allow Baguio residents into the casino complex puts into a different light the protests being spearheaded by the Church and some moralist groups and non-government organizations in the city. I do not see why some Baguio residents and students are protesting the casino if they will not be allowed to enter the premises in the first place, Noli Balatero, the executive secretary of Mayor Bernardo M. Vergara observed. He added that protesters are barking at the wrong tree by holding rallies at City Hall, saying these protests should be geared towards Congress so that the law on gambling is amended. (Adam Borja)


Insurgency problem tackled

BASEY, Western Samar (PNA) Local officials here and the military in Eastern Visayas met recently to address the communist insurgency problem in the southern side of Samar Island. Mayor Wilfrido Estorninos who hosted the peace and order council (POC) here Wednesday said a meeting was called with members of the military following the recent discovery by government troops of a big New Peoples Army (NPA) camp in barangay Mabini, a hinterland area northeast of the town that can only be reached by boat. …