At first, the closure of Boracay Island for its rehabilitation has been questioned and opposed by several public figures because of the doubts that the government might only want to build a Casino in the said tourist spot.
However, the government proves its critics that they’re wrong and after it’s opening the newly rehabilitated Boracay received praises from the netizens and several famous personalities like Coleen Garcia.
Garcia is one of the famous personalities who quickly went to Boracay after it’s public opening on Oct 26, 2018.
Two days after it’s opening, the actress shared her experience during her travel at the said tourist spot saying that she’s “falling in love with Boracay all over again”.
“Walked from station 3 to station 1 to see what has changed so far. I love that the island is noticeably cleaner, and you can walk around and all over the sand without being afraid of stepping on broken glass.” Garcia said on her social media post.
She also praised the people who became part of Boracay’s rehabilitation, she also reminded the upcoming tourist to become responsible.
“Congratulations and well done to those who helped clean up Boracay! I already can’t wait to come back! ? Iba pa rin ang ganda ng Boracay. But whenever we do visit, let’s all make sure we do our part in keeping the island clean. All the effort put into this would go to waste if we don’t learn to be more conscious of the damage we humans cause on a daily basis. Let’s try to minimize that, not just here, but everywhere we go.” she said.
However, netizen Reginald Melchor challenged Garcia and accused her of being angry to the President who led the closure of Boracay for its rehabilitation.
“Dati galit ka kay duterte pasalamatan mo siya kung hindi dahil sa kanya di ka ulit maiinlove sa boracay ulit,” Melchor commented.
Garcia quickly responded to the netizen, saying asking why they think that she’s angry with the President.
She explained that like some people, she questioned some of the programs of the President, however it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have the right anymore to praise Duterte.
The actress said that she praises Duterte for his concern about the worsening situation of the environment which is rare to some leaders.
“Paano niyo naman po nasabi na galit ako sa kanya? Yes, there are some things that I have questioned and disagreed with, but there are also many things I am grateful for. It’s a balance. I neither hate nor completely adore, but I do respect. And I hope you respect my opinions, too. But yes, I do commend him for what he has done for Boracay. It’s important to have leaders that care about our environment because sadly not everyone does.” Garcia said.
Some fans of Coleen praised her for being honest and they also criticized Melchor for trying to challenge the actress.
They also praised the President for rehabilitating Boracay.
“Marami ang kumontra dati sa pgpapasara ng boracay. Galit pa cla sa Presudente,walang puso dw kc tnanggalan ng pangkabuhayan ang mga tao. Tingnan nman ngaun ang linis na. Mas lalo pa lalaki pangkabuhayan nila dahil mrami na nmang turista ang dadagsa,” Netizen tataescarpe said.
After the closing of Boracay, netizens are wondering if the President is going to close another famous tourist spot for rehabilitation.