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Las Vegas casinos reopen after months of virus lockdown

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The reopening of casinos is a major boost for the badly-hit Las Vegas economy, which depends heavily on tourism

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 04: Slot machines with every other machine ready to play are ready for guests at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip as the property opens for the first time since being closed on March 17 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, on June 4, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hotel-casinos throughout the state are opening today as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

Okada Manila to lay off over 1,000 workers due to severe losses

May 27, 2020 - 12:50 PM

Affected Okada Manila workers will receive notices starting June 15 and will receive separation pay

Macau's casino takings almost wiped out by pandemic impact

May 01, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Figures from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau showed gross gaming revenue of $95 million last month – a drop of 97% from the $3 billion raked in during the same period last year

MACAU AND THE VIRUS. A man wears a face mask as he takes pictures outside a casino in Macau on January 30, 2020. File photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Razon's ICTSI, Solaire start coronavirus mass testing for employees

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:15 PM

'Our employees are our number one asset. As we try to overcome this most difficult phase and [go] into the new normal, we do so without letting our guard down,' says tycoon Enrique Razon Jr

[OPINION] It's our dissent that will save us

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Many people have been going out, speaking out, challenging government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and overcoming the limits set by the lockdown

MGM Vegas casinos to shutter due to coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 9:10 PM

'It is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression,' says MGM Resorts chairman Jim Murren

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 14: An exterior view shows MGM Grand & Hotel & Casino as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several employees at MGM Resorts International hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. MGM Resorts International employees who can will start working from home next week. MGM has closed all nightclubs, dayclubs, buffets, spas, gyms and salons at its properties in Las Vegas and on Monday, it will close 150 food and beverage outlets and furloughs and layoffs will begin. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Coronavirus stops bingo and casinos, POGOs remain open

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Pagcor allows POGOs to continue operating, but with only a minimal number of workers


[OPINION] Lorraine Badoy's world

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:32 PM

'Using Lorraine’s logic, practically any organization critical of the government and the status quo can be considered a terrorist front'

Macau casino takings plunge record 88% after virus closures

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:40 PM

But observers expect the former Portuguese colony to bounce back

GAMBLING HUB. This photo, taken on March 5, 2019, shows visitors using slot machines at a casino in Macau. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Macau casinos to reopen after virus ban lifted

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Casinos in Macau can resume operations on Thursday, February 20, as no new novel coronavirus infections were found in the city in the last two weeks

Visitors wear face masks as they walk outside the Venetian casino hotel resort as a Lunar New Year light display is projected upon a facade of the building in Macau on January 22, 2020, after the former Portuguese colony reported its first case of the new SARS-like virus that originated from Wuhan in China. - Macau on January 22 reported its first confirmed case of the new SARS-like coronavirus as authorities announced all staff in the city's bustling casinos had been ordered to wear face masks. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Macau to close casinos, bars, cinemas for 2 weeks over virus

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:10 PM

There are 10 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Macau as of Tuesday, February 4

(FILES) This photo taken on March 5, 2019 shows visitors using slot machines in a casino in Macau. - Macau will close all its casinos for two weeks as the gambling hub battles the new coronavirus, its leader announced on February 4, 2020, cutting off the lifeblood of the city's economy. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Fact-finding team with 2 congressmen barred from entering Negros police HQ

Nov 07, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Congressman Carlos Zarate laments that Colonel Romeo Baleros, the Negros Occidental police provincial chief, 'did not extend basic courtesy ' due fellow government employees

Makabayan chair Neri Colmenares, along with the families of the detainees, was barred from entering the headquarters of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police in Bacolod City on Wednesday, November 6. He was later able to enter the premises, along with the two progressive congressmen, after hours of negotiation with the police. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

[OPINION] Sal Panelo’s sleight of hand

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:54 PM

What Panelo's letter implies is that the presidential legal counsel finds Antonio Sanchez's clemency request valid, thus the positive action of referring it to the concerned agency for appropriate action

[OPINION] My activist story

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:57 AM

From obedient child to stubborn activist to parent – here's my journey of 33 years

EXPLAINER: How online casinos hit the jackpot in the Philippines

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Rappler breaks down how online gambling flourished in Manila and why it could be the latest test of the relationship between the Philippines and China


Australia orders probe into treatment of Chinese high rollers

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'These sensational claims are an attempt to discredit China. I think such tactics are despicable,' Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says

PSE kicks out Melco Resorts

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Melco Resorts is set to be delisted from the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, June 11, after failing to reach the minimum public float for over 6 months

CA orders Pagcor to grant license for Waterfront casino

Dec 02, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The Court of Appeals upholds a previous ruling of a Manila court, saying that Waterfront submitted all requirements and Pagcor must act on its application

Photo from Waterfront Philippines' website

De Lima seeks probe into rise of casinos in PH

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Senator Leila de Lima says the rise of the gaming industry may make the country 'susceptible to money laundering, fraud, and other illegal activities'

Duterte warns police not to set foot in Okada Manila casino

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte warns that if police disobey, he'll order the military to patrol the casino which he describes as 'crawling with usurers, kidnappers'

LEGAL BATTLE. Tiger Resort, owner and operator of Okada Manila, blames Parañaque City Prosecutor Amerhassan Paudac for supposedly leaking the resolution involving its $10 million estafa complanint against Kazuo Okada. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

No casinos in Boracay as island reopens

Oct 26, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra wants President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order banning casinos in Boracay

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

These 5 stars compete for love, power in sexy drama 'Los Bastardos'

Oct 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The new 'Precious Hearts Romance Presents' series tackles the lives of 5 illegitimate sons

Los Bastardos presscon. Photo by Precious del Valle/Rappler

[OPINION] The hunt for ‘Red October’

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:21 PM

While there are many who have expressed their desire for Duterte to resign or be ousted, there is no conspiracy to forcibly remove him from power

Macau shuts down casinos for first time as Mangkhut approaches

Sep 16, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Casino staff say that venues would be shut until further notice as the city raised its second highest storm warning

MACAU CASINOS. A general view shows Casino Lisboa (C) before the expected arrival of Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Macau on September 15, 2018. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

[OPINION] Solving our 'unli' rice crisis

Sep 01, 2018 - 9:30 PM

If only half of the energy and focus given to the drug war were given to agriculture and rice production, we would already be better off

Senate probe sought into Nayong Pilipino casino deal

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Senator Francis Escudero asks the Senate blue ribbon committee to probe the alleged questionable $1.5-billion casino deal

DRAMATIC GROUNDBREAKING. The scale model of NayonLanding, the Filipino-inspired casino resort to be built on Nayong Pilipino Foundation land is showcased during the project's groundbreaking ceremony. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

The week in photos: August 11-17, 2018

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

In this photo taken on August 11, 2018, Indian people watch a 'Wall of Death' show at a fair in the outskirts of Ajmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. / AFP PHOTO / HIMANSHU SHARMA

[OPINION] NutriAsia skirts the law to oppress workers, hide its greed

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:29 AM

NutriAsia, Inc maintains that the strikers are not their contractual employees but are regular and permanent employees of their contractors. Nothing can be farther from the truth.

Nueva Ecija court clears Left leaders of murder charges

Aug 13, 2018 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) The warrants of arrest against Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, Rafael Mariano and anti-poverty secretary Liza Maza are no longer in effect

CLEARED. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano are cleared of murder charges after the Palayan City, Nueva Ecija RTC Branch 40 dismissed the cases and quashed the warrants against them. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

33 lawmakers denounce arrest warrants vs Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 09, 2018 - 6:39 PM

House Resolution 2604 expresses the House of Representative's 'utmost concern' over the arrest warrants issued against 4 former party-list legislators

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Duterte: No more new casinos

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'I hate gambling,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 117th anniversary of the Office of the Solicitor General at Le Pavillon in Metropolitan Park, Pasay City on July 3, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Group offers P1-M bounty for leads on Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Is he confirming that it is GMA who is behind the revival of the case?' asks the former lawmakers' counsel, referring to lawyer Ferdinand Topacio's involvement in the effort

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Left leaders question judge's flip-flop in murder case

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Ten years ago, the same judge said there was no basis to find probable cause to order the arrest of Maza, Mariano, Casiño and Ocampo

Militant groups hold a protest in Camp Crame on July 30, 2018 calling for a stop in political persecution as PNP chief Oscar Albayalede orders serving warrant of arrests to Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza, Teddy Casino and Raphael Mariano for criminal charges. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP mounts manhunt for 79-year-old Satur Ocampo, 3 others

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Also covered by the arrest warrants are incumbent anti-poverty commission head Liza Maza, ex-agrarian reform chief Rafael Mariano and former Bayan Muna representative Teddy Casiño

POLITICAL ARREST? Supporters of the 4 ex-lawmakers decry the arrest order issued 12 years after the case against them was filed. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

4 ex-lawmakers from Left face arrest for 2006 murder case

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The case was filed by widows Isabelita Bayudang and Mayumi Peralta, accusing the 4 leftist leaders of conspiring to kill their husbands Carlito Bayudang and Jimmy Peralta in 2004 and 2003, respectively

BAYAN PRESSCON. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CA leaves it to Ombudsman to resolve P125-M PCG funds mess

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 'warns' Coast Guard officers 'not to abuse the court process'

[OPINION] The radicalization of Maria Lourdes Sereno

Jun 23, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Tyranny, oppression, and the struggle for justice, freedom and democracy have a strange way of turning people into fighters

Japan dreams of jackpot with legal casinos

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Japan is often viewed as the Holy Grail of gaming in Asia due to a wealthy population, proximity to China and appetite for other forms of legal gambling, including horse racing and pachinko, a slot machine-style game

CASINO SCHOOL. This picture taken on June 6, 2018 shows a student practicing baccarat at the Japan Casino School in Tokyo. Photo by  Martin Bureau/AFP

Glimmer of hope for Romania's faded architectural gems

Jun 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A dozen young architects are striving to restore precious architectural gems that bore witness to centuries of Romanian history and the crowned heads who ruled it through the ages

ETERNAL BEAUTY. View of the main hall of the Imperial Baths built at the end of the 19th century, today abandoned, at Baile Herculane, southwestern Romania, May 11, 2018. Photo by Daniel Mihailsecu/AFP

What it's like to dine 150 feet in the sky

May 17, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Is the 'Dinner in the Sky' experience worth it?

UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. The stunning view of the Manila Bay sunset or the evening cityscape of Manila becomes the backdrop of this unique event. All photos by Tedrick Yau/Rappler

Police body cam footage shows tense moments after Vegas shooting

May 03, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The footage's release comes after a judge sides with media organizations including The New York Times and The Washington Post that lobbied in court that the evidence be made public

SHOOTING AT THE STRIP. Las Vegas police run by a banner on the fence at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after a active shooter was reported on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] Boracay and the Duterte way

May 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Boracay closure follows the familiar pattern of Duterte's approach to addressing complex crisis situations. The approach relies heavily on police and military action, and projects Duterte as a tough, no-nonsense leader.

WATCH: The place where a casino will rise in Boracay

Apr 29, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Malay, Aklan, is where a Boracay casino will likely be built, should talks on it push through

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

WATCH: Some residents say yes to building casino in Boracay

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Will a casino be built in Boracay Island?

U.S. film director Martin Scorsese wins Spain's top arts prize

Apr 26, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Scorsese 'has directed more than 20 films that now form part of the history of cinema and continues to work unceasingly, masterfully combining innovation and classicism in his films,' the prize jury says in a statement

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Apr 18, 2018 - 12:52 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 18, 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa prior to his series of engagements at the Malacañan Palace on April 17, 2018. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Galaxy Entertainment's PH partner denies Boracay casino scrapped

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) Contrary to the statement of the Department of Tourism, Leisure & Resorts World Corporation says it has not abandoned its Boracay project with Galaxy Entertainment

Galaxy Entertainment no longer building casino in Boracay – DOT

Apr 17, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'They are now looking for another venue. That is very much welcome,' says Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of French Ambassador Designate to the Philippines Nicolas Galey at the Malacañan Palace on December 6, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Why Pagcor 'provisionally' approved Chinese firm's Boracay casino

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation clarifies Galaxy Entertainment Group and its local partner still need to follow a 'long and tedious' process before getting a regular casino gaming license

IN QUESTION. A joint venture between Chinese casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group and Leisure & Resorts World Corporation bags a provisional gaming license – a few days before President Rodrigo Duterte's 6-month closure order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler