Duterte tells foreign, local businessmen to leave Boracay: You are the least of my problems
President Rodrigo Duterte said foreign and local businessmen should consider packing up whatever they could salvage from their existing businesses because they would not be allowed to return to business after the six-month clean-up.
“Boracay, no problem. Do not go into a messy debate. Boracay, I will declare it a land reform area. It’s agriculture. We will not change the policy. It’s agriculture until now,” he said in a pre-departure speech.
“So you might want to save, salvage everything, anything there that you own. And use it somewhere else. First and foremost, I have to worry about my countrymen’s problem, not yours,” he added.
Duterte lashed out at foreign and local businessmen for loudly complaining about his order to shut down Boracay Island to save it from its “cesspool” condition within six months.
“You are the least of my problems. ‘Wag ho ninyo akong..tang…Hindi ko kayo iniisip. Ang iniisip ko ‘yung Pilipino. Kaya ibigay sa Pilipino ‘yang lupa na ‘yan,” he said.
The government has set aside P2 billion from the calamity funds to ease the fallout from the Boracay ban on employees and local residents. But Duterte said local and foreign businessmen would not get a centavo from this fund.
“We have the money. We will help you. It is not intended for everybody lalo na those who do not need it. Mga oportunista. Mas bright ako sa inyo. I will not spend any single centavo for those inns there, hotel owners or motels. At ‘yung magagandang bahay, do not expect me to pay anything,” said Duterte.
“That money is only intended for the Filipinos. ‘Yung mga foreigners, neither reparations or remunerations. Sila ‘yung pumasok diyan they should know na bawal,” said Duterte alluding to a Supreme Court decision in 2008 declaring Boracay a forest and agiculture land wholly owned by the government.
Duterte said he has no master plan for Boracay but he planned to allocate the island to small farmers.
“Yung 2 billion diyan and the other help of… Each department has its own contingency plan. So merong — magtulungan kami. But master plan? Wala akong master plan diyan. Linisin ko muna ‘yan kasi agricultural ‘yan,” said Duterte.