Discussion about the For Profit-Bingo Initiative continued last night at the Dededo Senior Citizen Center. Despite rumors that the founder of Guam Japan Friendship Village, Takami Hisamoto, is on-island, Atty. Ron Moroni once again represented the proponents of the initiative.
The village meeting gathered a small crowd of Dededo residents, including a few who had attended the meeting in Yigo on Tuesday evening.
Many of the attendees felt that their questions were not answered, as Mr. Hisamoto was not present. The greatest concern was that the main proponent of the initiative has not approached the community out front.
“Where is he? I came out to meet this guy,” said one resident.
Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares said, “I feel that at least we gave residents the opportunity to come in and find out more. Many are unsure and want to get clarity. They want to clarify their concerns and their understanding.”
Moroni reiterated that Prop A does not bring in slot machines, does not affect community bingo games, will be beneficial to the local economy, and is not affiliated with the owners of Guam Greyhound.
During the meeting, “Keep Guam Good,” represented by Jackie Marati, pointed out provisions in the initiative that describe machines that allow players to play against the computer on multiple terminals. She also pointed out that the language of the bill is unclear and not transparent.