MANILA - The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) denied allegations that Vice President Jejomar Binay, the organization's national president, owns a private hotel within the vicinity of the Makiling National Scout Reservation Park in Laguna.
BSP released an official statement after news circulated in social media that Binay built a private hotel inside the park, and that trees had to be cut to give way to it.
The organization clarified that there is a hotel within the park, but it is owned by BSP and that it only replaced old buildings of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, who owns the land.
"The BP International Hotel, named in honor of Scouting's founder Lord Baden Powell, was opened during BSP's hosting of the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree in December 2009. The hotel is owned by BSP and currently managed by El Cielito Hotels. It is open to the public and is used to provide lodging facilities for local and international scouting officials and members during BSP events."
The property is being leased by BSP from UPLB.
The BSP said the area where the hotel is located was the exact location of the former Romulo Hall and Lim Hall, which used to house the jamboree program committee headquarters.
These facilities are being used for all national and international jamborees hosted by the BSP in cooperation with other national agencies and local government units.
The organization added that no additional land was acquired, and no trees were cut.
"In fact, the trees in the area have been preserved."