Foreigners swim in Boracay in defiance of the residents only policy



Chief Supt. César Hawthorne Binag, police director of Western Visayas, says the police monitored the entry of foreigners with resident identity documents.

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan – Filipino tourists were not allowed to enter this island for six months, but were seen swimming and frolicking foreigners The Boracay Task Force had announced that only residents were allowed to swim in Station 1 of White Beach, which was heavily guarded by police officers and the coastal guards.

INQUIRER.net saw foreigners in the swimming area only for residents.

Two staff members of a luxurious residential complex told INQUIRER.net that they were not tourists but residents of the islands that were staying at their establishment.

The staff, who requested anonymity because of lack of authority to speak, said some of their guests had long-term reservations and were issued a residential ID to enter and leave Bora. fell

Asked about the matter, Chief Supt. César Hawthorne Binag, police director for Western Visayas, said police also monitored the entry of foreigners with resident identity documents.

"Actually Hindi lang diyan & yung tanong namin.Pagdating pa lang sa pier port can ID sila.The rule of Ang ay ay kapag meron silang ID, we have to respect it," Binag said in an ambush interview .

(Not only are we asking about access to the beach, some strangers present IDs at the dock port.) The rule is, if you have an ID, you will be allowed to enter.)

Binag said they would ask the barangay why some foreigners have resident identity documents.

"Basta the rule is a resident, Hindi sila tourist, resident sila, is fine," he added.

Weeks before closing, thousands of residents ran to the offices of their town to request identity documents.

The issuance of identity documents of residents of Boracay was involved in a controversy after it was alleged that the identifications were being sold.

Local residents of Boracay pay P200 for identification while non-locals and foreigners pay P250 and P500, respectively./ac

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