“Kaya namon nga mga iloy ang kalisod, ang hindi namon kaya ang makita amon onga nga gakalisod.”
(We, mothers, could bear grief, but we cannot bear seeing our children suffer.)
-Ati mother in Boracay
The Duterte government single-handedly ordered the closure of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan province for tourists and non-residents for six months starting April 26, 2018.
Duterte described the island as a ‘cesspool’ and announced rehabilitation and land reform for the island.
Various groups opposed to the closure of the island expressed dismay after Duterte admitted he has no master plan for Boracay. Groups as well questioned the viability of the land reform for the island.