Published: Thursday 15 March, 2018

Boracay West Cove Resort Owned by Pacquiao Friend SHUT DOWN by LGU!

The controversial Boracay West Cove Resort has been ordered closed! The local government of Malay in Aklan shut down the Boracay West Cove in the absence of a business permit and other permits authorizing it to operate. Police have been stationed at the resort to make sure it will not reopen.

Boracay West Cove Resort became controversial due to its environmental violations. Aside from standing on a no-build zone, the resort flattened rock formations on the Aklan coast and turned them into view decks and restaurants. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu inspected the property and ordered the demolition of the illegal structures, including the view decks on top of the rock formations.

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It will be recalled that this is not the first time Boracay West Cove had been ordered closed. Three years ago, the local government also shut down the resort but the owner, a certain Crisostomo Aquino, went to court to stop the demolition.

But now, it seems, Aquino will find it harder to avoid demolition. The DENR, on orders from President Rodrigo Duterte, is determined to clean up Boracay of all illegal structures and environmental violators. Cimatu has marching orders from the president to clean up Boracay or else it will be shut down to prevent more damage to the once pristine island some have described to be a ‘paradise’.

Boracay West Cove

The rock formations turned into view decks by Boracay West Cove resort. (TripAdvisor image)

Hopefully, not even Crisostomo Aquino’s closeness to Senator Manny Pacquiao can help him. Aquino is a close friend of Pacman and is the perennial flag-bearer in Pacquiao fights. In fact, the two are close enough that Pacquiao was rumored to be the real owner of the resort several years ago.

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Pacman has since denied that he owns Boaracay West Cove but, in an interview with ABS CBN several years ago, Pacquiao admitted to helping Aquino secure permits from then DENR chief Lito Atienza.

“Nagpapatulong siya (Aquino) na mabigyan ng permit doon kay Atienza, nung nasa DENR pa si Atienza. So sabi ko, ayusin mo i-follow up ko, banggitin ko kay Atienza,” Pacquiao said during the interview with Ted Failon.