10 Feb '18, 12pm

Duterte slams top Philippine tourist island as 'cesspool'

MANILA: The Philippines' famous white-sand island destination Boracay is drowning in faeces and may need to be shut down to protect the health of millions of visitors, President Rodrigo Duterte has warned. The fiery leader gave his brutal assessment of the country's top tourist draw as he told hotels, restaurants and other businesses on the tiny central island to clean up or he would ban tourism there. "I will close Boracay. Boracay is a cesspool," Duterte told a business forum in his southern home city of Davao late Friday (Feb 9), according to an official transcript released by the presidential palace Saturday. "You go into the water, it's smelly. Smell of what? Shit. Because it all comes out in Boracay," he said. Red-faced tourism department officials affirmed Duterte's assessment on Saturday, saying it reflected worsening sewage conditions on an island known globally f...

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