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Resorts World Manila sees recovery, fast-tracks expansion

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Foot traffic at the Resorts World Manila complex is almost back up to pre-attack levels, while an expansion of its casino area is eyed for completion by December

Razon sells 350 million shares in Solaire operator

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:51 PM

The chief of the casino operator says increased liquidity in the stock will be beneficial for investors and the company

CONFIDENT. 'I am very confident of the prospects for Bloomberry,' billionaire businessman Enrique Razon Jr. Photo courtesy of Forbes

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 8, 2017

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:42 AM

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Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend thr Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Rappler

Trillanes, PNP, Andanar and Uson | Evening wRap

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Reynaldo de Guzman, Uson, North Korea sanctions | Midday wRap

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Ex-immigration commissioners withdraw complaint vs Jack Lam

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Al Argosino and Michael Robles say the complaint turned out to be based on mistaken assumption or interpretation of facts and circumstances

IMMIGRATION SCANDAL. Gaming tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribing Immigration Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles. But the commissioners are now moving to withdraw their complaint. Photo from Jimei website

Protesters express rage over Kian slay, ask for end to killings

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:34 PM

More than 1 000 protesters march to the People Power Monument along EDSA despite the rain Monday evening

TAMA NA. One of the interesting placards during the protest against the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

All-time high gaming boosts Bloomberry's income 24-fold

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Solaire s consolidated gross gaming revenue GGR rises by 14 to P12 22 billion in the 2nd quarter of 2017 – the highest since it opened in March 2013

Duterte hits Teddy Casiño for past 'arrogant' behavior

Jul 27, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Ikaw Teddy yung ulo mo sobrang laki says President Rodrigo Duterte in the middle of a rant against the Left

Chinese nationals cleared in Singaporean kidnapping case

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The DOJ resolution says the Singaporean victim failed to positively identify the 30 Chinese suspects as among those who kidnapped her from a casino in Manila

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

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VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Philippines arrests 44 foreigners for kidnapping Singaporean

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The group was believed to be behind the series of kidnapping incidents against foreign nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months

SYNDICATE. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents to media on Thursday, July 20, 2017, the 42 Chinese and 2 Malaysian nationals suspected to be behind kidnap-for-ransom and loan shark operations preying on casino patrons. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Resorts World Manila: Jessie's Got a Gun

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:15 PM

There are many ways to begin this story but every beginning ends at the same place: inside a room high above a city the man on the bed burnt and dead with a bullet in his skull and a rifle on his chest

Resorts World gunman possible suspect in BMW killings – MPD

Jun 23, 2017 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED The Manila Police District homicide chief confirms Jessie Carlos is the only person of interest after running tests on evidence found in the crashed BMW

JESSIE CARLOS. Photo of Resorts World Manila attack suspect Jessie Carlos who turns out to be a former government tax specialist who faced an ill-gotten wealth case for increases in his assets. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Resorts World Manila loses P7-B market value a week since attack

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The declining stock price of RWM makes even more evident the company s struggling performance over the last few years due to increasingly tough competition in the casino market

Resorts World Manila facade 2 days after the attack. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lawmaker wants P3,000-casino entrance fee after Resorts World attack

Jun 09, 2017 - 1:25 PM

It only seeks to address some poor people who have no more money and yet go inside and gamble all they have left for their families says Isabela 1st District Representative Rodolfo Albano III

CASINO ENTRANCE FEE? A lawmaker wants to charge gamblers P3,000 before entering any casinos.  CASINO ENTRANCE FEE? A lawmaker wants to charge gamblers P3,000 before entering any casinos.

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about the Philippine casino industry

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Despite challenges Pagcor Chairperson Andrea Domingo says the local gaming industry s total revenues in 2017 may still expand to P160 billion

GAMING. The billion peso casino industry is in the spotlight as attacks on a luxury resort-casino led to the death of at least 36 people.

Solaire reports booking cancellations after Resorts World attack

Jun 08, 2017 - 6:29 PM

It should normalize soon now that it s clear it is a robbery not a terrorist attack says Bloomberry Resorts Corporation chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr

BOOKING CANCELLATIONS. Enrique Razon Jr of Solaire says the incident puts the industry in an 'extremely sensitive' situation as casinos are in hospitality business. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Are you familiar with the casino chips system?

Jun 07, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Global anti money laundering body Financial Action Task Force warns that dead chips are often the instrument of choice of criminals as these are difficult to detect in cross border movements

Resorts World attack: 4 questions that beg for an answer

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:13 AM

As the House of Representatives begins its probe into the robbery and arson attack on the popular casino we revisit what we know about the incident and the questions that need to be answered

RESORTS WORLD MANILA ATTACK. Ambulances wait outside Resorts World Manila after a gunman stormed the casino in an alleged robbery attempt on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Resorts World sprinklers worked but were not enough, says BFP

Jun 06, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Fire officials say they could not enter immediately because it was not just a fire they were up against but also a gunman

FIRE IN CASINO. Smoke billows at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay City after a gunman set the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gambling addiction: How the Philippines prevents, handles 'problem gamers'

Jun 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Local casinos are practicing minimum responsible gaming standards set by regulators But compared to global practices the Philippines seems to be just catching up

RESPONSIBLE GAMING. About 220 gamblers in the Philippines turned to a to self-exclusion program, volunteering to be banned from casinos in an attempt to go cold turkey. Rappler file photo

Gambling addiction responsibility of individuals, families – Pagcor

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The state can only do so much says Pagcor boss Andrea Domingo in the wake of the Resorts World Manila attack

GAMBLING NEEDED. PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo defends the gaming industry saying that it contributes much to the Philippine economy. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Resorts World gunman, school opening, Putin | Midday wRap

Jun 05, 2017 - 12:28 PM

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Pagcor should give counseling for gambling addicts – Pimentel

Jun 04, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says the counseling program should be implemented by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and all businesses with casino franchises

COUNSELING. Police enters the Resorts World Hotel casino in Pasay City on June 2, 2017, following the attack by a long gunman reportedly suffering from gambling addiction. Photo by Alecs ongcal/Rappler

Palace suspects negligence by Resorts World Manila

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella also denies a claim by ISIS that the terror group was behind the deadly Resorts World Manila attack

FIRST AID. Guests of Resorts World wait for first aid treatment inside the nearby Remington Hotel in Pasay City on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about Resorts World Manila

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Shooting and fire broke out in Resorts World Manila past midnight of June 2 Here s what you need to know about the place

ATTACK. Shooting and fire break out at Resorts World Manila past midnight of June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Officials contradict each other on Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 03, 2017 - 9:10 AM

UPDATED Was it a terror attack or not? Did the gunman kill himself or did police shoot him to death? Questions hound the deadly attack at a Manila casino

POLICE CHIEF. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa arrives at Resorts World Manila after a lone gunman opened fire and burned part of the posh casino on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Casino stocks plunge after Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:00 PM

This is one of the reasons the main Philippine Stock Exchange index closed in the red on Friday June 2

SAD DAY. 'At approximately 12 midnight on June 2, 2017, a lone gunman barged into Resorts World Manila firing shots and setting gaming tables on fire,' Stephen Reilly, Resorts World Manila COO, says. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PH tourism braces for impact of Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 6:13 PM

The Philippine Travel Agencies Association says the incident resort will definitely impact the country s tourism industry Airlines report another round of delayed cancelled flights

CASINO ATTACK. Past midnight, Friday, June 2, an 'emotionally disturbed' man fired gunshots and set ablaze gaming tables at the casino floor of the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, says the National Capitol Region Police Office (NCRPO). Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pampanga lawmaker's wife among victims of Resorts World attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 4:56 PM

UPDATED PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa confirms Elizabeth Panlilio Gonzales wife of Pampanga Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr is among the victims Police are still locating her sister Consolacion Mijares

IN GRIEF. Relatives of victims of the attack at the Resorts World Hotel in Pasay on June 2, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Police: Resorts World Manila shooting not act of terrorism

Jun 02, 2017 - 2:08 PM

UPDATED Police also admit they have some doubts on robbery as a possible motive for the attack

SHOOTING INCIDENT. Police respond to a shooting incident at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. Photo by Ezra Arcayan/Rappler

TIMELINE: Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:58 PM

4th UPDATE Here s what we know about the attack of an alleged lone wolf at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on Friday June 2

RESORTS WORLD SHOOTING. Additional forces from the different PNP districts, PNP-SAFs and a contingent from the Philippine Army arrived to enforce the lockdown of Resorts World Manila on June 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

US, UK, Australia warn nationals after Resorts World Manila attack

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:24 AM

We continue to advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in the Philippines overall the Australian embassy says

SHOOTING INCIDENT. The Resorts World Manila attack on June 2, 2017, prompts foreign embassies to warn their nationals to exercise caution. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

ISIS 'Filipino operative' behind Resorts World Manila attack – SITE

Jun 02, 2017 - 2:52 AM

6th UPDATE The Philippine National Police says the isolated incident is not a terrorist act but Defense Chief Lorenzana tells Rappler We re not ruling out that this is ISIS

LOCKDOWN. Responders arrive at Resorts World Manila after reports of gunmen setting the casino on fire on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Senate, House OK on final reading bills including casinos in AMLA

May 30, 2017 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED The two chambers of Congress are set to convene a bicameral conference committee to finalize the measure before President Rodrigo Duterte signs it into law

CASINOS UNDER AMLA. Tourist and casino players arrive at the grand opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila on February 2, 2015. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Dire Husi Initiative: Kagay-anon artists show art can change lives

May 15, 2017 - 4:14 PM

The fellowship of Dire Husi is a form of rehabilitation where each member shares their experiences help each other cope and train one another in using their craft to get a decent livelihood

ART IS LIFE. Dire Husi Initiative artists perform in Cagayan de Oro to attract customers for their art. All photos courtesy of Rhyan Casino/ Rappler

Dennis Uy to develop $300M resort and casino in Cebu

May 04, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Udenna plans to break ground for the integrated resort and casino in 3 months time It targets to complete the development in 2022

CEBU CASINO. Dubbed as Lapu-Lapu Leisure Mactan, the development will rise within a 12-hectare prime beachfront 6 kilometers, or a 20-minute drive, away from the Cebu airport. Rappler file photo

Bloomberry's 2nd hotel, casino eyed for development in 2018

Apr 20, 2017 - 8:46 PM

The Razon led company had hoped to start developing its 1 56 hectare property within Vertis North in Quezon City this year but informal settlers are still occupying it

ANOTHER CASINO. The owner, operator of Solaire wants to build another hotel and casino in Quezon City in 2018. Rappler file photo

Legendary U.S. comedian Don Rickles dies at age 90

Apr 07, 2017 - 9:41 AM

Don Rickles who voiced Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story films dies of kidney failure

Solaire operator swings back to profitability in 2016

Mar 23, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Bloomberry Resorts Corporation registers its highest gross gaming revenue in a year since opening in 2013

GOOD YEAR. The owner of Solaire Resort & Casino swings back to profitability, driven by record revenues from gaming and non-gaming businesses. Rappler file photo

VACC fails to stop historic Army Navy club from being turned into hotel

Mar 22, 2017 - 5:20 PM

UPDATED The next option would be to file for annulment of contract before a regional trial court

Pagcor imposes 5-year moratorium on new Metro Manila casinos

Mar 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The gaming regulator makes the decision in response to a position letter from investors seeking breathing space for the market to mature

LATEST ADDITION. Okada Manila, the $2-billion integrated resort casino of Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, is the latest addition to the growing number of casinos in Metro Manila. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on Jack Lam and the Bureau of Immigration

Feb 16, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribery and economic sabotage by the Duterte administration

Okada Manila grand opening moved to March

Feb 13, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Once fully operational the 44 hectare Okada Manila is set to become the largest integrated entertainment resort in the country

MOVED. After commencing its casino operations last December, Okada Manila said it has been well received by the local gaming enthusiasts that led to a milestone of reaching 10,000 Reward Circle members during its first week of operations. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

P50-M extortion? Lam tried to bribe us, say immigration officials

Dec 13, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Two immigration officials accused of extorting P50 million from the Macau based gaming tycoon claim that they took the money as evidence of corruption but were framed up

NBI to probe Lam's 'payoffs' to immigration bureau

Dec 11, 2016 - 5:25 PM

We will leave no stone unturned and there will be no sacred cows Corruption of any kind has no place in the DOJ family it has no place in government says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says he is optimistic that the Anti-Money Laundering Council will be faster in releasing documents on suspected drug lords during a press briefing in Malacañang on November 16, 2016. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Bloomberry's Jeju casino sale collapses

Dec 09, 2016 - 5:17 PM

We had a sale already done but it fell through Enrique Razon Jr says

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Police guard Fontana casino after shutdown

Dec 06, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Policemen have been posted at the casino to ensure that no casino gambling operation will continue and that possible evidence shall not be concealed destroyed or taken out says the CIDG Region 3 chief

CLOSED. The casino at the Fontana Leisure Park and Casino has been shut down since December 4, 2016. Photo from the official Fontana website

Macau's top gambling tycoon: Who is Jack Lam?

Dec 05, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam is accused of bribery and economic sabotage by the Duterte administration