Rota Municipal Council looks into island’s casino commission

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THE Rota Municipal Council is looking into the current status of the  casino commission of the island following the expiration of the terms of its two members — Viola H. Atalig, the chairwoman, and Mateo Santos, the vice chairman.

The other commissioners are Audrey Manglona, Lucas Mendiola and Kent Atalig.

Rota Municipal Council Chairwoman Lucy Manglona said she wants to know the status of the remaining members of the commission “to better assist the gaming commission and to ensure that [its] critical functions and duties remain intact and in full force to fulfill [its] fiduciary duties.”

She is also asking for a “brief update on all existing casino licenses, conditional or otherwise, as well as pending license applications presently before the gaming commission for consideration.”

The island used to have a casino-hotel, Rota Treasure Island, but it closed in 2012.

In Jan. 2020, a petition signed by hundreds of island residents and submitted to the Rota mayor demanded that the casino gaming commissioners and officials be paid only for attending meetings.

One of the residents, Pedro Q. Dela Cruz, said the commission stood to receive $100,000 from the Saipan annual casino license fee as appropriated by Public Law 21-10 even though there was no actual casino business operation on Rota.







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