DENR orders Boracay West Cove demolition

Posted at 10/10/2012 7:06 PM | Updated as of 10/11/2012 8:26 AM

MANILA - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the local government unit in Boracay to resume the demolition of portions of the West Cove Resort on Wednesday.

The demolition team consisted of 50 members including six police personnel to ensure a smooth and peaceful implementation of the order.

The demolition was spearheaded by Island Operation Officer Glen Sacapaño.

Before the demolition started around 9 a.m., tension arose between the implementing officer and West Cove owner Crisostomo Aquino.

Aquino insisted that a court order was needed before the demolition could take place.

However, Sacapaño said there was no need for a court order since the order came directly from the office of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje.

After minutes of negotiation, the two camps agreed to continue with the second phase of demolition, which includes the canopy attached to the mountain.

Meanwhile, the West Cove Management has volunteered to demolish the bridge in the coming days since there are still guests occupying the area today.