Pacquiao denies stake in Boracay resort

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2011 03:49 PM | Updated as of Jun 14 2011 07:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Sarangani Congressman and 8-division boxing champ Manny Pacquiao on Monday clarified that he is not a stakeholder in a resort on Boracay island that was ordered closed by the local government.

West Cove Hotel, also informally referred to as “Pacman Resort”, in Sitio Diniwid, Barangay Yapak is owned by Crisostomo Aquino, Pacquiao’s close friend. It was ordered closed for violating the National Building Code of the Philippines.

Pacquiao said he had already warned Aquino about putting the resort's papers in order. It can be recalled that Pacquiao's entire family stayed at the hotel last December before going to Japan and Australia.

"Hindi po ako ang may-ari niyan. Magkaibigan lang kami at nakahanda tayong tumulong kung kinakailangan," he said.

West Cove Hotel, operated by West Cove Management Philippines Incorporated (WCMPI), allegedly violated Section 301 of the National Building Code of the Philippines, which states that “no person, firm or corporation, including any agency or instrumentality of the government shall erect, construct, alter, repair, move, convert or demolish any building or structure or cause the same to be done without first obtaining a building permit.”

West Cove Hotel allegedly began operations in 2009 without a building permit and license to operate.

The local government of Malay questioned West Cove Hotel’s “off-shore” development and the erection of concrete structures on the coves and rocks, which supposedly imperil the fragile ecosystem in the resort island. Report by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News