MANILA - Two resorts that were earlier named by the government as illegally connecting to Boracay's drainage system denied the allegations on Thursday.
Lime Hotel Boracay and Hennan Resorts, which were earlier identified by the government as violating wastewater regulations, said they are legally connected to the sewerage system.
Lime Hotel's general manager Terence Ang said they pay P28,000 per month to use the sewerage facilities of Boracay Island Water Corp (BIWC) and can prove this with a certificate from the firm.
Ang said, what authorities saw during an inspection was a pipe that was used during construction, but was never used when the resort started operations.
Henann Garden Resort also denied violating Boracay's waste and water management regulations. In a statement, the company said it is legally connected to the sewer lines of BIWC.
Hennan said the pipes found during inspection were intended to drain rainwater and not wastewater.
Meanwhile, Red Coconut and Coco Inn said they will each release their official statement on Friday.
The government began banning tourists from Boracay on Thursday to make way for the installation of sewer facilities and the clean-up of the island's environment.
Boracay's closure was originally planned to last for six months, but the Department of Interior and Local Government said this may be cut to four months.