Pagcor casino in Iloilo operates with no business permit

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ILOILO CITY: The city government here is asking the casino operator at the Amigo Terrace Hotel to secure a business permit or he will be meted penalties or closure under Section 240 of City Tax Ordinance 2007-016 Book 5, Chapter 1.

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A letter from Norman Tabud, Licensing Officer IV of the city’s Business Permit and Licensing Office to Ricardo Liwanag, officer in charge of Pagcor Club at the said hotel, expressed the city’s intent to implement provisions of the local government code.

The letter states that “It shall be unlawful for any person to open any business, trade or calling or begin any profession from which taxes, fees or change and/or rentals, as authorized to be levied and collected under RA 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, in the city of Iloilo without first paying and obtaining a Mayor’s Permit License ensuing year and have any stock in trade without first paying the graduated or fixed taxes, fees or charges or rentals.”

The casino opened in the city in 2012 with mixed games of slot machines and table games for exclusive membership as full Pagcor operation.

The operator was able to secure a certificate of no objection from the mayor’s office but was not able to meet the requirements as stipulated in the certificate, such as securing a business permit from the local government.

Liwanag, in a radio interview, said they were willing to secure a business permit from the city but they needed to inform their national office first.

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