Entrance fee to be imposed on Pinoy casino goers
To serve as deterrent for local patrons from entering gambling casinos, a lawmaker has proposed the imposition of a P3,500 entrance fee for all Filipino residents who patronize casinos.Rep. Peter !r. Pedro" #nabia $%
&istrict, 'isamis (riental) said his proposal asembodied in *o+se ill -5/ will prevent financiall inade1+ate persons from enteringgambling casinos.The bill amends Presidential &ecree 2o. %/, as amended, otherwise known as4onsolidating and mending Presidential &ecree 2os. %067, %067, %0674, %3//nd %38, Relative to the Franchise and Powers of the Philippine m+sement and9aming 4orporation $P94(R)."#nabia said the charter of P94(R ields no re1+irement of an entr fee for anone who wants to pla in the casino.*owever, !ection %- $3) $b) of Presidential &ecree %/ states that a resident m+sthave a gross income of at least P50,000 for the previo+s ear, as certified b the +rea+ of :nternal Reven+e $:R) in order to be allowed to pla, #nabia noted.:n realit, however, this re1+irement is neither observed nor imposed," #nabiastressed.#nabia said P94(R has been implementing their b+ilt7in controls s+ch as theiss+ance of plaer tracking sstem $PT!) cards or loalt cards for casino patrons; bettingat minim+m bets of P500 in a single pla for baccarat tables and establishment of casinosin locations where financiall inade1+ate individ+als cannot enter incl+ding l+<+r resortsand 37star hotels at the minim+m.#nabia said addressing povert has alwas been a challenge to the government.=hat is more worrisome is that man Filipinos want to gamble instead of doingsomething more concrete to improve their lives other than waging hard7earned mone ingambling, partic+larl, in casinos, he added.The imposition of an entrance fee will disco+rage the locals from gambling incasinos," #nabia said.#nabia said the amo+nt realized in re1+iring entrance fees will serve as additionalreven+es for the socio7civic programs of the government as mandated b P& %/.
NR # 3576BSEPT. 1, 2014