Andrea Domingo eats humble pie: Farinas says Pagcor refusal to suspend Resorts World makes Duterte look bad
Majority Leader Rudy Farinas chastised Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) Chair Andrea Domingo for claiming she needed nothing short of martial law to suspend the operations of Resorts World Manila for its gross negligence during an attack last June 2.
During the third House hearing on the Resorts World attack Wednesday, Farinas pointed out that Domingo suspended the casino’s license a few days after telling lawmakers that Resorts World was entitled to a 30-day due process to oppose the suspension.
Farinas noted that Domingo even wisecracked during the previous hearing that Pagcor could not just close down any establishment and that she could only suspend Resorts World if martial law was declared.
Farinas said Domingo’s statement was a “disservice” to President Rodrigo Duterte who declared martial in Mindanao last May 23 to quell the attack on Marawi City.
Farinas told Domingo that even under martial law, the President could not just shut down any business he wanted without any just cause.
Farinas still could not believe why Domingo was reluctant to suspend Resorts World’s casino license after management failed to contain a long gunman from causing panic and torching the property which led to the death by asphyxiation of 37 people.
Domingo explained that Resorts World had already voluntarily suspended its operations and that she needed board approval to suspend its license.
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