MANILA — A coaster fell off Skyway in Sun Valley, Parañaque after it was hit by a Toyota Fortuner.
The coaster, which is owned by the highway operator, dropped off tellers to their posts before the incident happened.
The coaster’s driver and a passenger of the Fortuner were injured.
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Despite churning out P180 million in monthly revenues, the PAGCOR casino in Parañaque has been incurring losses over the years and will have to be shuttered in July, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation said.
The income of the Parañaque branch isn’t enough to account for operating expenses, chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat told reporters in an interview on Monday. “Rent, alone, is P23 million every month,” he said.
With about 800 employees and total lot area of 10,000 square meters, the PAGCOR casino in Parañaque is the largest state-run gambling facility in the Philippines.
“I really do not want to close a casino…” Naguiat said. “But, for us not to leave that location, there should be a development in that area,” the PAGCOR chief noted.
“There’s just no growth there,”he added.
At this point there is no cause for worry over the future of employees who will be affected by the closure, because PAGCOR has plans for them, Naguiat noted saying “some of them will be absorbed by other casinos.”
“It will not be a problem for us because… on average there 50 employees every month who either resign or retire,” he said.
PAGCOR operates 23 casinos nationwide. “Our biggest, in terms of earnings, is the one in Cebu,” according to the PAGCOR chief.
Last year, the gaming regulator shuttered its casino in Pasay City’s Heritage Hotel which helped reduce
PAGCOR’s operating expenses by P1 billion. – VS, GMA News
February 21, 2014
MANILA, Philippines – A 47-year-old businessman was shot dead when he resisted a group of men who reportedly tried to arrest him in Parañaque City Wednesday night.
Justo Genie Lim was driving his Mercedes Benz along MJS Avenue when six men in a van blocked his vehicle, city police chief Senior Superintendent Ariel Andrade said yesterday. Lim was with his partner, Midz Nepomuceno.
A source claimed Lim is allegedly a relative of detained pork barrel scam suspect Janet Lim-Napoles.
The men got out of the van and ordered Lim to get out, but the victim sped away. According to reports, one of the men was waving an arrest warrant.
The men gave chase and shot at Lim, hitting him in the head and chest.
Lim was declared dead on arrival at the Parañaque Doctors Hospital.
“We are still investigating the possible motive and identity of the suspects,” Andrade said, adding that Nepomuceno was unhurt.
He said the unidentified attackers could not be lawmen, because there was no coordination from any law enforcement agencies to arrest Lim.
Andrade and Southern Police District director Chief Superintendent Jose Erwin Villacorte said they are still checking Lim’s background to determine if he is related to Napoles. “As of this time, we have no information if he was a relative of Napoles,” they said. – With Cecille Suerte Felipe