No 75-year gaming liens

May 26, 2018

Jess Diaz (The Philippine Star) - May 26, 2018 - 12:00am


MANILA, Philippines — The head of Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) yesterday denied his agency has issued a 75-year gaming franchise to an unspecified free port locator.

Information reaching President Duterte showed APECO has given such a license.

In a statement sent to The STAR, APECO president Israel Maducdoc called such information a “falsehood.” 

“Although APECO is expressly authorized by its amendatory law, Republic Act No. 10083, and its online gaming rules and regulations to license and regulate online gaming facilities even outside Aurora Ecozone, APECO never issued a 75-year license to anyone,” he said.

Maducdoc said he serves at the pleasure of the President.

“We will always abide by what President Duterte will say and will direct us to do. We fully support his administration’s adherence to good governance, as we carry out our mandate to attract more investors to spur development and create more jobs in Aurora and the rest of Central and Northern Luzon,” he said.

Maducdoc also denied that he was in Talisay, Negros Occidental last Sunday to explain his side to Duterte.