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Filipino Opposition Urges President to Disclose Details of Ho's Visit

31 March 2004

PHILIPPINES – As reported by the Philippine Star: "Opposition presidential hopeful Sen. Panfilo Lacson urged President Arroyo to 'reveal all' about gambling mogul Stanley Ho's recent visit to Clark and his alleged investments in the country.

"…He said the Macau and Hong Kong investor was in Angeles City on the night Mrs. Arroyo abruptly cut short her campaign sortie in the South and flew to the former American base.

"…The former Philippine National Police chief noted that Ho's visit came amid persistent reports that the gambling mogul had started to operate way back in February a casino at a hotel in Malate, Manila, and that he had contributed tens of millions to Mrs. Arroyo's campaign.

"…Lacson asked Malacañang to tell the nation whether Ho is running a casino under his old Pagcor contract or whether a new franchise has been given to him…"

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