Duterte wants Bohol, Cebu, Palawan to shine while Boracay gets out of ‘cesspool’
President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that closing down Boracay Island for six months was a tough decision because of the foregone tourism revenues and the thousands who would lose their source of livelihood during the period.
But Duterte said he had no choice but to do it before one of the world’s best resort island becomes a permanent cesspool.
Duterte said that what made his decision easier was that the Philippines had other paradise islands that could rise out of the shadow’s of Boracay with more tourists encouraged to go to these alternative beaches.
“You made it dirty? Fine. Fine with me. So sirahan ko ‘yan so that the others will also grow,” he said in a speech Friday.
“There are many resorts — Bohol, Cebu, Palawan. And they will have a chance also, a shot at maybe what is… the goods the country can offer. That to me is a consoler. It consoles me na ‘yung ibang resorts, mabubuhay,” he added.