Chinese casino to replace local businesses in Boracay

News Philippines Apr 13, 2018 at 3:09 pm

pamalakaya-boracayBy RUTH LUMIBAO

MANILA – A fisherfolk group slammed what it calls as “double standards” of the Duterte administration in the rehabilitation of Boracay.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ordered the temporary closure of Boracay on the ground that local businesses have violated certain environmental laws. President Rodrigo Duterte himself expressed support for the shutting down of Boracay for ‘rehabilitation,’ even tagging the top tourist destination as “cesspool.”

The DENR, along with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Department of Tourism recommended Boracay’s closure for six months starting on April 26.

According to the Boracay Foundation, Inc., tourism in the island generates about P56-million in receipts. Tens of thousands of workers will also be affected by the closure of businesses.

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