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Binabraso si Cimatu! Hennan Group pressures DENR to speed up Boracay reopening despite violations

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The chairman of the Hennan Group of Resorts has been pressuring Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to end Boracay’s closure sooner so businesses can operate as usual, Politiko has learned.

Henry Chusuey, who also happens to be the chairman of the Boracay Foundation, the largest group of businessmen on the island, wants Boracay to reopen sooner even if his resort was found to be one of the top violators of environmental laws.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources found in April that Hennan Garden had two pipes connected illegally to the drainage system.

Cimatu has said that Boracay will not be reopened to tourists until the drainage system is fixed and all environmental violations have been corrected.

Boracay’s closure in April came a few weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte called it a “cesspool” because of the waste being discharged into the sea from business establishments.

Will Cimatu yield to Chusuey’s pressure? As a former military official, the Environment Secretary knows he has only boss from which he will take orders.