By Roy Ramos
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines
Resorts World Manila Thursday announced resumption of operations following the lifting of its suspension by the country’s amusement and gaming regulator.
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) had suspended the provisional license of the hotel’s casino on June 9, a week after a lone gunman opened fire and set ablaze the casino that left 37 guests and employees dead.
The gunman, who doused his bed with gasoline and shot himself to death in the hotel room, was later identified as a dismissed government employee, hooked in casino gambling and was heavily indebted.
PAGCOR said that the order was lifted after careful deliberation and scrutiny.
“The lifting of said suspension takes effect today, following Travellers International’s compliance with PAGCOR’s required security and safety improvements,” the gaming regulator said in a statement.
Travellers International Hotel Group is the operator of Resorts World in the country.
“The company is happy to announce that the gaming areas not affected by the June 2 incident will commence operations today [June 29],” according to a disclosure by the hotel’s operator to the Philippine Stock Exchange.