The Philippine Star reports:
President Duterte is eyeing the declaration of a state of calamity in the island resort of Boracay, citing issues of public interest, health and safety. Speaking at the oathtaking of new officers of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission in Malacañang, Duterte said he has given Interior and Local Government acting Secretary Eduardo Año six months to deal with the problem.
“In the meantime, if I were from Boracay, you guys there, the best thing for you to do is cooperate in the cleanup,” Duterte said. “For as long as there are sh*t coming from the pipes, draining to the sea, I will never give you the time of day to return.”
Since Boracay is a booming tourism destination, the President said his concern is the public interest. He also cited public safety and health.