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The Boracay closure follows the familiar pattern of Duterte's approach to addressing complex crisis situations. The approach relies heavily on police and military action, and projects Duterte as a tough, no-nonsense leader.
The Department of Agrarian Reform says structures constructed on these 400 hectares of agricultural land are considered illegal
'Kailangan natin ang kooperasyon at tulong ng mga stakeholders to fast-track the completion of Boracay projects,' says Aklan District Engineer Noel Fuentebella
'I do not interfere in the work of the Cabinet members,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that he does 'not just revoke recommendations'
'We don't have jobs anymore that's why I'm applying here at DOLE. We were told that we will be street sweepers but I guess that's better than earning nothing,' says a former masseuse along Boracay's beachfront
Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says the funds for Boracay are charged against the fiscal year 2018 contingent fund in the national budget
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says demolition orders were signed by Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling, after the mayor was accused of 'stalling' the rehabilitation of Boracay
The government, some residents, and business owners have started demolishing parts of their homes and establishments
(3RD UPDATE) Malacañang has yet to issue an Executive Order on the closure of Boracay, even after the island has been shut down to tourists
(UPDATED) The national government has criticized Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling for not cooperating earlier. President Duterte signs an order declaring state of calamity in the area only on Thursday afternoon.
Senators weigh in on the closure of Boracay island, with some questioning the absence of a 'clear' plan on how the government will rehabilitate the island
Despite counting itself among the best islands of the world, Boracay has struggled to keep up with its fame. A look at its history shows warning signs at least a decade-old.
(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque asserts, 'Unless a TRO is issued, the planned closure of Boracay to tourists shall proceed'
How will business owners, big and small alike, deal with the tourist hotspot's closure?
Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure
BRP Cabra, a multi-role response vessel, will help with maritime security during the 6-month closure of Boracay
The 6-month closure of Boracay 'is a good wake-up call' for Filipinos, stresses Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Earth Day
'The affected residents have no other places to go,' says Malay Vice Mayor Abram Sualog as Boracay is set to be closed for rehabilitation
The imperial nature of the Philippine presidency is undeniable. The reach of whoever wields this power extends far and deep as evidenced by how President Duterte addressed the Boracay 'cesspool' tragedy.
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As the Boracay example illustrates, policymaking without planning makes for needless chaos, confusion, and destruction
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources prods local government units, residents, businesses, and private landowners to work together on a conservation plan that could make demolition orders unnecessary
Rappler traces President Rodrigo Duterte's decision-making on Boracay, from the video presentation that started it up to the Cabinet meetings where a 6-month closure was finalized
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Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the P2 billion promised by President Rodrigo Duterte for the Boracay closure will be sourced from the calamity fund
Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo says tourists who would be bumped off by a daily cap can stay in nearby Caticlan while waiting for slots in Boracay
(UPDATED) Existing resorts and infrastructure projects would be affected as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources seeks to protect biodiversity in the world-famous island
A 2006 proclamation signed by then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo classified Boracay Island as forestland and agricultural land
Stockholders of the local partner of Galaxy Entertainment Group panic as uncertainty looms over the company's plan to build a casino in Boracay
President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'But master plan, wala akong master plan diyan, linisin ko muna iyan kasi agricultural 'yan'
Tourism secretary Wanda Teo says they are open to the possibility of having the pageant in the country after the rehabilitation of Boracay
(UPDATED) The President claims he knows nothing about the planned casino-resort but the project was discussed in his meeting with the Chinese executives behind it
Paano sasaluhin ng gobyerno ang mahihirap at informal workers na tatamaan ng pagsasara ng Boracay?
The budget airline, however, will retain 4 daily flights 'to serve local residents and ensure continuity of commerce in Northern Panay island' during the period
Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and AirAsia Philippines have announced flight suspensions, while hundreds of hotels and accommodations are drafting interim plans
'Pati kaming taga-Aklan talaga hindi makauwi, walang flight pa-Kalibo dahil sa closure na 'yan! Ano lalangoy kami?' tweets one irate netizen
Airlines and hotels will take a hit, if the government pushes through with its planned temporary closure of Boracay. But some developers say it won't delay the construction of major commercial developments in the island.
The governor calls on other local officials and stakeholders to band together and convince President Rodrigo Duterte not to shut down Boracay Island
(2nd UPDATE) A business establishment in an environmentally-critical area is required to apply for an environmental compliance certificate before operating
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the establishments are required to have technical conferences with the Pollution Adjudication Bureau within the week
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