May 23, 2024

The city council has repealed the two resolutions that allowed a company to operate electronic bingo in two areas in Baguio.
During their session on June 28, members of the council approved the passage of a resolution that sought to rescind Resolutions 208-21 and 209-21 that consented to the request of RCC Global Entertainment, Inc. for the operations of e-bingo at Summer Pines Residences along Marcos Highway and at Cedar Peak along Mabini St.
The recent move came after RCC Global president Romeo Chong, in a letter dated June 23, told the council the firm is withdrawing its request for endorsement on the proposed e-bingo sites.
No further reasons were cited, but the company expressed its gratitude to the city council for accommodating its initial request.
To recall, the council passed Resolutions 208 and 209 in April consenting to RCC Global’s request to operate additional e-bingo sites.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong did not sign the resolutions, saying the matter must be subject to public consultation.
The public consultation held on June 4 earned an overwhelming rejection to the proposed e-bingo operations.
Representatives of various groups composed of the religious, business, and women, among other sectors asked the council to withdraw their approval of RCC Global’s request.
The groups asked the council to make a stand against any form of gambling to maintain the city’s image as a character city.
The city council has received position papers from various organizations and individuals opposing RCC Global’s request and the conduct of gambling activities in Baguio. – Jane B. Cadalig