BY GERRY LEE GORIT
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The municipal mayor of Opol, Misamis Oriental said he is in favor of the newly established casino in his town believing this will benefit not only his municipality but also the entire province.
Mayor Maximino Seno said the opening of Grand Imperial Casino in Barangay Taboc, Opol, will certainly help the province’s tourism sector.
In fact, he said, the casino is in line with Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano’s tourism program, dubbed “ExploreMisOrMore.”
Seno added the casino will become a new gaming venue for the rich as only those who have money can play at the Grand Imperial which has card gaming tables and slot machines.
“The casino is a place for the rich to unwind and enjoy themselves,” he said.
At present, he said, people from as far as Cebu has come to visit the casino and enjoyed themselves while playing there.
In fact, Seno said, the municipal government of Opol has passed a resolution in 2017 essentially expressing its support to the plan to put up a casino in town.
He said after issuing their resolution of no objection, the Gokongwei-owned company has been since looking for an area where it could build a hotel with the casino as one of its attractions.
Seno said not even the local government can stop the Phil. Amusement and Gaming Copr. (Pagcor) from establishing a casino such as the one in Opol.
“Pagcor is an independent government body under the Office of the President. Only the President can revoke or stop the casino’s operations,” he said.