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Charged with Faking Compliance Certificates, Boracay Resort Bends it Like Ronaldo

Henann Group of Resorts issued a statement of denial that reads...familiar.
IMAGE Henann Group of Resorts (henann.com) / Wikimedia Commons - ???? ?????
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Now that Boracay is in the first of several reopening phases, the spotlight is back on the island and the many establishments there that were forced by the Duterte administration to close earlier this year for rehabilitation. There is, however, a lingering question: How effective was the closure at restoring the country's most famous tourist destination to its former glory?

Anyone who's hopeful for Boracay's sustainable rehabilitation would be glad to know that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is calling out one of Boracay's resort groups for allegedly falsifying its environmental compliance certificates. Because if these allegations turn out to be true and the certificates were indeed faked, at least we have a sense that the rehabilitation is being enforced.

Rappler reports that the Henann Group of Resorts, which has five resorts in Boracay, is facing charges of falsification concerning an ECC issued on October 8. None of Henann's five resorts are among the list of 68 accommodations approved by the government to open on October 26, because, as Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat told Rappler, Henann "was not part of the list because they have yet to comply with government permits."

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Then things got interesting when Henann issued its statement on the matter, denying the allegations of falsification. Their statement, from Henann assistant vice president for sales in Boracay Isabel Garcia-Lee, read:

"We deny the accusations issued against us. Falsification of documents is an abominable crime that goes against everything that we believe in. Keen as we may be to clear our name, we refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to harm our brand."

If that reads familiar to you, perhaps you're a fan of football and/or the #MeToo movement, because it's almost exactly what Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted earlier this month, when he denied rape allegations against him.

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This is either the coincidence of the year or a blatant rip-off used to defend a blatant rip-off. We'll let you decide as the "media spectacle" ensues.

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