PRRD to sweep Bo­ra­cay clean of drugs next

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By AR­GYLL B. GEDUCOS and GENALYN D. KABILING

He has turned Bo­ra­cay is­land from cesspool to a clean va­ca­tion re­sort in six months.

Now, Pres­i­dent Duterte’s next mis­sion is to rid the world-fa­mous is­land par­adise of il­le­gal drugs.

In his speech dur­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of cer­tifi­cates of land own­er­ship award (CLOAs) to agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries Thurs­day evening in Bo­ra­cay, Duterte re­vealed that il­le­gal drugs are ram­pant in the

beaches of Bo­ra­cay.

"'Yang droga, p ***** i** ninyo umalis kayo diyan kasi ‘yang Bo­ra­cay na ‘yan, sa taas ng Bo­ra­cay ‘yung sa beach, maram­ing droga diyan. Aabu­tan ko talaga kayo (The drug deal­ers in the beach­fronts, get out or I will deal with you)," he or­dered.

"Nili­nis ko ‘yung beach. P ****** i** ninyo lilin­isin ko talaga kayo. Aabu­tan ko kayo (I al­ready cleaned the beach. You will be next. I will see to it)," he added.

Duterte also de­clared he does not want casi­nos in Bo­ra­cay be­cause the es­tab­lish­ments are be­ing used to deal drugs and com­mit other crimes.

"The ho­tel with the casino is not good be­cause there are a lot of things will hap­pen. It be­comes dys­func­tional, ac­tu­ally," he told re­porters in Bo­ra­cay.

"Kid­nap­pings, drugs and ev­ery­thing. And it is a place where most of the gang­ster around or there­about or just stay there and com­mit crimes of sort," he added.

Duterte said he will not grant any new per­mits or con­tracts for ho­tels or casi­nos in Bo­ra­cay un­til he is as­sured that il­le­gal drugs will not be part of its op­er­a­tions.

"And I do not think I'm ready to grant any other. If I am not as­sured of, I said, up there be­hind Bo­ra­cay, the beach is -- drugs are very..." he said.

"You can maybe go in and dis­guise your­self as... Do some in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism. That's why I do not want it. I do not like it," he added.

The Pres­i­dent cited a sur­vey that showed is­land res­i­dents were op­posed gam­bling op­er­a­tions.

"It’s the voice of peo­ple is the voice of God. If it is the wish of the pop­u­la­tion here that they do not want a casino, then it will be a no casino (pol­icy)," he added.

Prom­ise ful­filled Pres­i­dent Duterte did not grace the open­ing of the new Bo­ra­cayafter re­hab ef­forts last Oc­to­ber 26 but mem­bers of his Cab­i­net were all present.

On Thurs­day, the Pres­i­dent re­turned to ful­fill a prom­ise – award land ti­tles to the na­tive res­i­dents who were be­ing left out by de­vel­op­ments in the is­land.

Around 623 Cer­tifi­cates of Land Own­er­ship Award (CLOA) cov­er­ing 274 hectares of land in Bo­ra­cay and other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Ak­lan have been dis­trib­uted to agrar­ian re­form ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Six of the CLOAs were given to 45 mem­bers of the Bo­ra­cayAti Tribal Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries can sell their prop­erty af­ter a 10-year pro­hi­bi­tion pe­riod so they can be­come mil­lion­aires, Pres­i­dent Duterte de­clared. But for now, he ad­vised the new landown­ers to till the land and make it pro­duc­tive.

"Ang sin­abi ko dur­ing the Cab­i­net meet­ing, we were dis­cussing about it. And I told them, 'Kung ipag­bili ng mga anak ninyo, apo ninyo, mi­lyon na ‘yan.' Ang sin­abi ko sa Cab­i­net, 'At least kayo, in your life­time maybe, or ‘yung mga anak ninyo, apo, makatikim ng pera na malaki.” Iyon ang con­suelo ko doon [I said dur­ing the Cab­i­net meet­ing, we were dis­cussing about it and I told them, 'If your chil­dren, grand­chil­dren sell the land, it would amount to mil­lions. I told the Cab­i­net, 'At least in your life­time, you or your chil­dren, grand­chil­dren will get a taste of huge money. That's my con­so­la­tion]," the Pres­i­dent shared.

"In the mean­time, till the land, make it pro­duc­tive, and when the pro­hi­bi­tion pe­riod is over, maybe your chil­dren can sell it and it would be mil­lion. So may mga Ati dito na yaya­man balang araw," he said.

Duterte pointed out the ben­e­fi­cia­ries are for­tu­nate to have a piece of real es­tate in the coun­try and now own the land they have been till­ing for years.

"If I were you, wala na­man akong ibang maibi­gay na sa inyo. Stick with the land. Make it I said pro­duc­tive and some­day you can ex­pect maybe sell it. At least ‘yung mga anak niyo, apo ninyo mi­ly­onaryo [your chil­dren, grand­chil­dren will be­come mil­lion­aires]," he said.

"Don't let it slip away. With all the peo­ple in the world, you are given the chance to own a piece of real prop­erty which you can give to your grand­chil­dren who may some­day de­cide what to do with it. Then it’s up to them," he said.

He said the ad­min­is­tra­tion will con­tinue "to pro­tect and up­hold your right to own, con­trol, se­cure, cul­ti­vate, en­hance and reap the ben­e­fits [from] the agri­cul­tural lands you till."

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