Boracay closure prompts huge questions


Manila – Is it like shutting down paradise to give way to a nightmare?

President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to close down Boracay, the world-renowned paradise island in the Philippines, for six months in order to clean it up and to teach business owners a lesson for apparently violating environmental laws, sparked doubts about the real reason for its shutdown.

Upon Duterte's instruction, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources ordered the temporary closure of Boracay on the grounds that local businesses have violated certain ecological regulations that worsened the island's sanitary conditions, even citing the president's calling the island a “cesspool” because of its crowded establishments with deteriorated drainage and waste systems.