Duterte may send Marines to blow up illegal structure in Boracay

President Rodrigo Duterte will not hesitate to send the Philippine Marine Corps to help dismantle an illegal structure in Boracay, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said during the March 16 press briefing in Malacañang.

“The last that I heard is that the local government may even ask the President for assistance to call in the Marines if need be,” Roque said.

“So when I heard that report, I told them, send the letter because I’m sure the President will not hesitate to send in the Marines and even use dynamites to blow up that illegal structure there,” he added.

The presidential spokesperson made the statement when asked regarding West Cove.

“The decision that they are in breach of the environment laws as far as I know is immediately executory. And I think the DILG and DENR have said that they will demolish West Cove,” he said.

On March 15, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Tourism (DOT) recommended the total closure of Boracay to allow rehabilitation efforts on the island.

“Sa akin naman, if we do it, after this, dadami talaga yung turista – yung arrivals… we will be affected by this, but we have to sacrifice,” DOT Secretary Wanda Teo said. “At least after this Boracay, lahat maging conscious na. Kailangan ayusin na natin ang kalikasan.”

Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/press_briefing/press-briefing-of-presidential-spokesperson-secretary-harry-roque-3/; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1028880