House mulls law on excluding individuals from casinos

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 21 2017 09:08 PM

MANILA - The House of Representatives will consider legislation on the policy of exclusion or banning of individuals from casinos as well as the law on the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) after the joint investigation of three congressional committees on the Resorts World Manila incident.

The joint probe of the Committees on Public Order and Safety, Games and Amusement and Tourism was terminated today after three hearings.

Games and Amusements Chair Gus Tambunting said there should be a review on the policy of exclusion, as well as the law on PEZA.

"Definitely we have to look at the policy of exclusion and we have to look also at the policy of the PEZA law. If you notice, the whole half of the day today pinag-uusapan, trabaho ba ng PEZA, trabaho ba ng Bureau of Fire Protection. Laging nagtuturuan. Dapat malinaw sa atin yun," he said.

He also said they may be able to complete the committee report by early next week.

Tambunting noted PEZA's possible shortcomings in making sure that economic zones like Resorts World Manila are safe. 

PEZA and the Pasay City government had both tossed to each other the responsibility of checking if RWM's casinos complied with security and safety standards. 

The Bureau of Fire Protection also said it was not allowed into RWM to inspect since RWM is supposedly under PEZA. 

"They're very very inconsistent and the PEZA, they would claim that is their power but when it comes to their responsibility, they would deny it. That cannot be. If it's within your power, you should also take action and you cannot pass the buck to the PNP and the BFP and this is where the confusion lies and in fact dumadagdag pa sa gulo yung argumento nila," Tambunting said.