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Cynthia Villar defends P6.6B condo-hotel project in Boracay: Walang sinirang bundok, exaggerated ‘yan!

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They’re just making a mountain out of a molehill.

Senator Cynthia Villar has vehemently denied accusations in social media that a mountain top with forest covering Boracay had been flattened and cleared to pave the way for her family’s P6.6 billion Costa Vista beach resort project.

Villar said no mountain has been destroyed in the project and that she saw nothing wrong in the joint venture project.

“Walang bundok, it’s a titled land, I’ve seen the place, exaggerated lang ‘yon. You know, if it’s a titled land, what’s wrong with it na i-joint venture sa amin?” said Villar in an interview with TV Patrol.
She was adamant that the project, on the northern side of the island between Shnagri-La Hotel and Movenpick Hotel, was not on forest land an that she was willing to discuss it with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to defend their project.

A video of the construction work was posted on Facebook by Tourism Philippines:

The netizen claimed the clip was taken only last May 11 in an area which used to be a forestland which was called home by Boracay’s endemic bats or flying foxes.

In a statement, Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc. Chief Legal Counsel Ma. Nalen SJ. Rosero said: ” The images appearing in the articles do not pertain to our project site. The area subject of our development is a developed resort with existing facilities. Moreover, it is our policy to respect and preserve the natural topography of the land. To do so is not only structurally sound but more importantly, environmentally friendly.”

She claimed that Vista Land has “slowed down” development works in the project since February this year with the significant reduction in number of equipment and workers in the area.

Vista Land is spending P2.2 billion for the 6.5-hectare Costa Vista. He is spending another P4.4 billion to add 15 more hectares to the project.
Villar, who family also owns Boracay Sands Hotel, was the most vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to shut down Boracay for six months.
Her son, Mark Villar, is the secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways which was tasked to deployed nearly a billion pesos to widen the roads and improve drainage on the island.