by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Proponents of the for-profit bingo initiative sent Attorney Ron Moroni to speak on their behalf at the first of a series of village meetings. Less than two dozen residents came out for Tuesday night's meeting in Yigo.
Moroni told the small crowd that he didn't know who wrote the initiative and had been asked by Guam Japan Friendship Village to speak for them due to "substantial misinformation" about the initiative. Moroni argues Prop "A" will not bring bingo slots to Guam, saying, "The only definition of bingo in this law here implies that it's going to be a game in which multiple players are involved and in which the winner is one of those multiple players who is the first to get the required set of numbers."
We should note however that earlier this week, Takami Hisimoto told KUAM News that he is still exploring the types of bingo facilities that might work best and would not be clear if they intend to use electronic machines.
Committee to Keep Guam Good's Jackie Marati meanwhile urged voters to take a closer look at the initiative questioning the initiative includes a provision that would allow them to bring gambling machines to Guam. "If Guam Greyhound's intention is not to bring casino slots or bingo slots to Guam then why are they choosing to act out of a law, which prohibits gambling machines being brought to Guam. The proposal is a monopoly," she said.
There will be another village meeting on Thursday at the Dededo Senior Citizens Center at 6:30 in the evening.