Instead of tourists being seen at West Cove, the so called Pacquiao Resort in Boracay, soldiers, police and members of the Malay Auxiliary Police were seen at the resort.
This was after the Mayor of Malay, Mayor John Yap brought them along not for sightseeing but to implement a demolition order against the resort.
It was learned that the resort has been given two (2) closure orders by the Mayor allegedly due to the following violations: having no Mayor’s Permit, Business Permit, Building and Occupancy Permit and Environmental Compliance Certificate.
Meanwhile, West Cove resort owner Crisostomo “Cris” Aquino reiterated that he had a Forest Land Use Agreement for Tourism Purposes or Flag-T from the former Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza the reason why he was confident the site of the resort was not at the No Build Zone.
Such led the resort owner to ask for help in the form of Temporary Restraining Order to continue the resort’s operation.
In the meantime, after the resort’s alleged continuous non compliance, like on not adding any structure at the area, it was deemed necessary by the Mayor of Malay and the DENR to implement the demolition.