Editorial: Shutting down Boracay

WE have to admit it, it is a cesspool. The hint of ammonia in the air while you walk the powder fine white sand should give you an idea that there is indeed a problem, a problem that has long been raised to the attention of the government, but which no one had the balls to do something about.

As a result, the tourist destination is now full beyond its carrying capacity, and because they were allowed to be sloppy about it, no one, not even the multi-billion properties really cared about their sewage.

Duterte saw that and would not let that pass.

"Now, during days when I was there, 'yungbasura was just 20 meters away from the beach," he said during last week's Manila Times Financial Forum held at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao, further describing Boracay as a cesspool.

"At a distance you see a… cotton balls of Boracay its white sand. But you go into the water, it's smelly. Smell of what? S***,:" he said, and the reason is because this island destination never emphasized the need for a working and appropriate sewerage system that will keep the sewage off its waters.

Porous as island soil is, the tons and tons of sewage from all establishments there all find their way to the sea.

"There will be a time that no more foreigner will go there because he will have
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