February 18, 2018, 5:52 am
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Duterte to charge Boracay execs for stink problems

PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday threatened to charge local government officials in Boracay with “serious neglect of duty” for allowing the world-renowned beach island to turn into a “sewer pool.”

“I will charge you for serious neglect of duty for making Boracay a fishpond or a sewer pool. You there. You show off Boracay, which is beautiful from afar. You swim in Boracay and you stink with s***. It’s like that. The tourists who would go there could catch dysentery,” Duterte said during the launch of the Malasakit Programs for Visayas in Cebu City.

He again threatened to permanently close Boracay, regardless of the income that it generates and the billions worth of infrastructure and businesses in the island, unless local officials are able to do something about the garbage and sewerage problems.

“You know, I don’t give a s*** …either they clean it up or I will close it permanently,” said Duterte.

He said he is leaving it to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to address the problem in six months, including the possible dismantling of some facilities that contribute to pollution in the island.  – Jocelyn Montemayor
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