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Baguio Mayor Won't Issue Casino License

6 January 2004

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – As reported by the Manila Times: "Mayor Bernardo Vergara on Tuesday said he would not issue any permit for the operation of the controversial casino at Camp John Hay despite the city council's approval for its opening.

"Vergara said he earlier ordered City Treasurer Thelma Manaois not to process any application for a business permit covering the controversial gambling enterprise.

"…In particular, he cited Bishop Carlito Cenzon, Catholic Vicar Apostolic of Baguio-Benguet, and Pastor Oscar Magallanes of the Protestant churches for their initiative in calling for the nonissuance of the business permit.

" …[Councilor Edilberto] Tenefrancia and [Councilor Braulio] Yaranon pointed out that the prohibition against a casino inside John Hay was one of the 19 conditions imposed by the city government for the development of the Camp John Hay, a former US military reservation…"

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