SOLAIRE Resort & Casino on Thursday denied allegations it was involved in drug-related activities, refuting claims by a witness in a congressional inquiry.
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Bloomberry Resorts Corp., the listed operator of Solaire, said the resort-casino management did not know and did not lend money to convicted drug trafficker Peter Co.
Co allegedly had a connection with a Solaire staff member and supposedly borrowed money used to free Sen. Leila de Lima’s niece and her husband who were involved in a drug buy-bust.
Hans Anton Tan, a murder convict who was called to testify in Congress on Wednesday, claimed P5 million was given in Solaire by a person named Jose Adrian “Jad” Dera upon the instruction of Co.
The money was supposedly borrowed by Co from someone in the management of Solaire. Tan clarified that Co never went to Solaire, and coursed the money through Dera.
Bloomberry said: “Solaire Management denies knowing Peter Co or giving or lending money to him. Solaire Management also denies knowing or dealing with Jose Adrian ‘Jad’ Dera referred to in Tan’s testimony.”
“While Solaire maintains stringent security measures to ensure a safe environment for its guests, it will not be able to scrutinize every private transaction among its guests,” the resort and casino complex operator said.
“However, Solaire will not tolerate being the venue of any illicit activities by its guests, officers or employees,” it added.
Solaire Resort & Casino is one of four integrated resort and casino complexes in the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp.’s Entertainment City. The other three are the SM Group’s City of Dreams Manila, the soon-to-open Okada Manila, and the upcoming Westside City of the Andrew Tan group.
Incorporated in 1999, Bloomberry is owned and led by Enrique Razon, who also owns International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Solaire has an average of 14,000 guests per day.