Three congressional candidates of Bohol’s 3rd district stood behind the same platform of blocking the entry of casinos into the province.
Vice Gov. Dionisio Balite, Board Member Alexi Tutor and retired Judge Carlos Fernando expressed their views during the first episode of “Your Voice, My Choice,” the candidates forum sponsored by the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) held at the Bohol Wisdom School gymnasium last Monday.
Tutor said her stand on the Casino was made public when she sponsored a resolution of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan manifesting the august body’s vehement objection on it’s entry in the province. She recalled that her sponsored resolution generated the support of a multi-sectoral group, including the Church.
For his part, Balite summarized his objection by simply saying “no way” for any Casino to be allowed to operate in the province.
Fernando said he will initiate a total prohibition for Casinos to operate in Bohol. He elaborated on the domino effect once this gambling activity will operate in the province.
“There will be a devastating effect in society once casinos will operate here,” Fernando said.
The three congressional bets showed up during the candidates’ forum except for former Carmen mayor Cheche delos Reyes, who earlier informed the chamber that she could not attend the forum as she has prior commitment in Manila.
The three bets also stood as one in their commitment to prioritize the establishment of a waste water treatment facility.
Balite and Fernando said the local government units should appropriate substantial funding for a waste water treatment facility as this seems to be neglected by the existing leadership.
For her part, Tutor said this neglect of appropriating a budget for waste water treatment is evident on what has happened to Panglao where even resorts are issued permits to operate even without inspecting whether or not they have the needed waste water treatment facility.
Meanwhile, the three congressional bets were unanimous in favoring the move to add a congressional district to the existing three districts They said additional districts will translate to more funding of projects. Tutor said she favors to add not just one but two new districts, making it a total of five districts in Bohol.
Last Monday’s forum was attended by Provincial Comelec Supervisor Ebbi Aba, BCCI Pres. Albert Uy and other chamber officials. Uy delivered the welcome remarks.
Trustee Dominic Butalid acted as moderator.
BCCI trustee, lawyer Lucas Nunag delivered the statement of purpose while trustee Peter Dejaresco closed the forum.
“My Voice, Your Choice” was covered live over dyRD-AM.
The chamber scheduled its second episode of “Your Voice, My Choice” on April 23.
This forum will have the gubernatorial bets. So far, only Rep. Art Yap and comedian “Amay Bisaya” confirmed attendance while former Cabinet Sec. Leoncio Evasco, Jr. said he will not ttend the forum. Former US based Boy Castillo has no reply yet on BCCI’s invitation,
The gubernatorial forum will be held at the University of Bohol gymnasium.