#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 23, 2018

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IN CALAMITY? Boracay is one of the most popular beach destinations in the Philippines. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

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Hello!

Dear Rapplers,

It's crunch time in Boracay as officials and residents of the world-famous island prepare for its 6-month closure starting Thursday, April 26, upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte.

A dry run is scheduled on Monday, April 23, to rehearse the entry and exit of passengers at Caticlan port, said Caticlan port administrator-designate Niven Maquirang.

With no masterplan in place, the island's fate is unclear.

An even greater concern is that, while these developments unfold, the Department of Tourism has issued guidelines limiting the movement of media personnel covering Boracay in effect limiting as well the level of coverage of this issue.

Some legal experts say this constitutes prior restraint and therefore raise constitutional issues. Do you agree?

Stay tuned as we report on this and other pressing issues of the day.

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