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BFI denies linkage to groups organizing protests that oppose scheduled closure



By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — Boracay Foundation Inc. (BFI), the biggest business organization at world-famous Boracay Island, denied linkage to groups organizing protests that oppose the scheduled closure.

Save this Forestland — An environmental watch group is claiming that a commercial airline has bulldozed an area of this forestland adjacent to Puka Beach on the world-famous Boracay Island without proper permits. The area, which the airline purchased, is a natural habitat of endangered bat species known as ‘flying foxes.’ (Courtesy of FFF)

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“The BFI categorically states that it has no affiliation or partnership with any of the organizers,” it said.

Several institutions, civic organizations and individuals reportedly mentioned BFI in connection with planned protests within the next few days.

This is amid the growing anxiety of workers and residents of the resort island in Malay, Aklan province. Representatives of Department of Tourism, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Interior and Local Government have yet to meet them and explain how the government will implement the closure order on April 26.

While BFI acknowledges the right of others to voice out their opposition against the Duterte administration’s action, BFI is willing to “participate and cooperate to fast track the rehabilitation efforts of the government.”

Meanwhile, anti-riot equipment of the police arrived in Boracay. The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) deployed 610 cops in preparation for the closure.

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