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Hong Kong group to build Manila casino despite Duterte ban

Landing International wins license for $1.5bn resort to open in 2022

Landing International Development operates a theme park and casino on South Korea's Jeju Island. (Photo from Landing International Development's website)

MANILA -- Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development has won a permit to build a $1.5 billion resort with a casino in the Philippine capital's entertainment district.

In a statement on Wednesday, Landing said it secured a provisional gaming license from regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., or Pagcor, to build the integrated resort. A groundbreaking ceremony has been set for Aug. 7.

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