Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is going to launch a new casino in the Army Navy Club (ANC) complex in Manila. It was reported that Oceanville Hotel and Spa Corporations was currently engaged in renovating and upgrading the Manila Army Navy Club, which had been the first American club in the Philippines for the exclusive use of the U.S. officers. The history of the facility dates back to 1898.
PAGCOR signed an agreement with Vanderwood Management Corporation to allow it to rent the casino behind the Army Navy Club during fifteen years.
The property will be restored and upgraded. Visitors of the gambling resort will be able to enjoy five-star rooms at the hotel, excellent restaurants and bars, as well as fitness facilities.
PAGCOR has been looking for a reliable partner for a long period of time. Vanderwood was a suitable company. Therefore, both companies decided to make a long-term deal.
However, the joint project has faced negative feedbacks, comments and black advertisements from those who intend to ruin their cooperation. Some of these negative advertisements were published in the leading media of the Philippines.
On the one of the official websites there was even a petition for the current President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte with a request to close the joint project and stop building the facility in order to preserve the Museo Pambata, which had a historical and cultural value. However, this petition was not popular. Only 665 persons signed it.
According to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, this petition is absolutely baseless, since the government-based regulator does not violate any law or regulation.