The Senate of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Thursday passed a bill to repeal and re-enact a casino law for Saipan, to “clarify ambiguities” in the original statute and fully empower the local Lottery Commission to award an exclusive Saipan casino licence, reported the Saipan Tribune newspaper.
The last step now is for the U.S. Pacific territory’s Governor Eloy S. Inos to sign the corrective bill. He has already said he would do it “promptly”.
Last week Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman, sitting in Saipan, criticised the original law, describing it as “haphazard and poorly drafted”.
Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd – a Hong Kong-listed investor in the profit stream of Macau VIP operator Hengsheng Group – is seeking via a wholly owned subsidiary to secure the licence for a resort requiring a “minimum US$2 billion” investment according to the Saipan authorities. The subsidiary, Best Sunshine Ltd, is one of two applicants currently involved in the process.
Jul 16, 2018Casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) in Macau’s VIP segment expanded by 14.4 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, to MOP41.04 billion (US$5.13 billion), according to data released on...
Jul 16, 2018
"The President [Rodrigo Duterte] had already decided and announced that no construction of a casino on Boracay will be allowed”
Secretary Eduardo Año
Officer-in-charge at the Philippine Department of Local and Interior Government