Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International has announced the resignation of its chairperson and executive director Cui Li Jie, citing “personal time constraints.”
The IPI chairwoman has not been spared from IPI’s numerous controversies. Earlier this year, the Cui was put under threat of jailing, after being accused of both failing to comply with a subpoena as well as perjuring herself in earlier testimony.
Cui blamed the oversights on her lawyer, as well as her lack of understanding of the english language. She recently told the federal court that she was poorly represented in court proceedings by her lawyer, Juan T. Lizama.
Attorney Aaron Halegua, who represents seven construction workers who have sued IPI over labor and human trafficking allegations last week said that Cui’s request for more time to find a new lawyer “demonstrates a pattern of dishonesty and obstruction.”, adding that there are “numerous examples of bad faith and obstructionist conduct by IPI chairwoman that do not have any connection to Mr. Lizama.”
In the nearly two months since the court issued its order, he added, the plaintiffs’ counsel has spent well over 45 hours seeking to compel Cui’s compliance.
For this edition of our magazine, we focus on Southeast Asia, with a particular look at the Philippines. The country’s casino industry has been among the hardest hit in Asia, with the integrated resorts in Manila’s Entertainment City having remained mostly closed to the general public since the beginning of the crisis last year.
The world is bouncing back, or at least coming to grips with the fact that going forward not much will be the same as before. Commendably, this industry quickly understood the need to adapt to a new normal, and that the days of targeting the low hanging fruit of the VIP sector are gone.