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How stupid can stupid be?

Anchor: (In Tagalog) Boracay island is now on its second day of closure to tourists, and tourists and workers in hotels and other establishments have started leaving the island since yesterday. Our reporter is live from Boracay to give us a situationer report on what is going on. Reporter Juan, please come in.

Reporter Juan: That’s right, Boracay has suddenly become a ghost town as thousands of tourists left the island yesterday on the first day of closure. Workers are also leaving the island after their establishments heeded the order of President Duterte and allow an inter-agency task force to start rehabilitation efforts. With us right now is Pedro, who is one of the displaced workers, and is now packing up his things to leave the island. Sir, does your boss still intend to keep his place open (for the duration of the island closure)?

Now, isn’t that a stupid question? What business owner would keep his place open, paying salaries of his workers for six months when there would be no tourists to patronize their hotel or restaurant?

Radio networks should provide training for their reporters and anchors to avoid embarrassing situations like this.

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Trillanes can’t find new issue with Duterte, questions order to shut down Boracay

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Senator Antonio Trillanes must be struggling to stay relevant in Philippine political discourse. His unending tirades against President Rodrigo Duterte hardly stirred any reactions from a public gone weary on his loud-mouthed but otherwise empty rhetorics. No matter how explosive he might sound with his tirades, these are greeted with yawns from the people. That must really be frustrating for Trillanes. Nothing he has hurled against Mr. Duterte has landed a solid punch; not even a dent has been caused on the public image of the President.

This guy’s credibility level is sub-zero!

And so I was more amused than irritated when I came across a story that Trillanes has questioned the “real motive” in the President’s order to close down Boracay for six months and give it the breathing spell to recover from the environmental woes it is suffering. The Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying:

“I will question the real motive kung bakit ipinasara ang Boracay. Hindi ako naniniwala na environmentalist ito si Mr. Duterte,” said Trillanes, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.

(I will question the real motive behind the closure of Boracay. I don’t believe that Mr. Duterte is an environmentalist.)

Well, Trillanes can question the motive of the President, and entertain himself. But this tough decision is a necessary step to stop the environmental degradation that has happened in Boracay over the years. The problem has been there for decades. To his credit, only President Duterte has shown the political will to tackle the bull by the horns. Now everybody is moving in concert to save Boracay. Years of official neglect are now being rectified.