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No to casino in Boracay


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Ariel’s Point in Buruanga, Aklan.

I do think that casinos are a good way to attract foreign tourists to the country and generate huge revenues for the government. But putting up a casino-resort on Boracay Island is rather out-of-order. The call of the day is to stop construction activities on the island which is already overcrowded several times over. It’s not a matter of complying with environmental laws, which the proponent Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. of Macau has promised. It’s about giving Boracay a breathing spell from the madness of over-development over the last two decades or so.

To push through with this project would undermine the government’s efforts to clean up Boracay and help bring back the sparkle of its natural beauty. Such a massive project will definitely make President Duterte look insincere — a “doble cara” — after he ordered the imposition of drastic measures against violators of environmental laws. The President has drawn wide applause for his decisive actions, and to let Galaxy come in will destroy everything.

There are potential alternate places for the development of this casino-resort. Buruanga is a municipality which overlooks the island with its own potential for beach-related tourism activities. It is situated on the mainland of Aklan province with plentiful of space for resort development. It has its own white-sand beaches and other attractions comparable to Boracay. Guests on the casino-resort can always take a short boat ride to Boracay should they want to. They can gamble at night and enjoy the beach during the day.

 

 

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About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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