Pamalit sa Boracay: Duterte jokes about dyeing Bohol’s beaches white
President Rodrigo Duterte is unfazed about the wide-ranging effects of Boracay’s closure, saying other beaches can be “created” for tourists to visit.
In a speech before the Filipino community in Hong Kong Thursday (April 12), Duterte joked that the beaches in Bohol can be dyed white to make them similar to Boracay.
The island in Malay, Aklan is famous for its powdery white sand beaches.
“So magggawa na tayo ng ibang beach, andiyan naman si Arthur. Ito, kalahati ng… si tatay niya kalahati ng Bohol kanila eh, ‘di maggawa tayo ng white beach doon. Dyobos lang naman ‘yan. I-dyobos natin, oo. ‘Di puti na,” he said, referring to Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap, who was in the audience.
The government could buy a ship-load full of dye to color the beaches, Duterte added.
The President ordered Boracay’s closure for six months after calling it a “cesspool” in February.
Starting April 26, tourists will no longer be allowed on the island. Only residents who are able to show the proper identification cards can set foot on it.