Palawan official clarifies: Proposal seeks thong ban only near schools, churches

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Posted at Mar 21 2018 06:52 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2018 07:35 PM

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MANILA - The proposed prohibition on wearing thong bikinis in beach destination Palawan only applies to public areas such as schools and churches, a provincial official clarified Wednesday.

Speaking on DZMM radio, Palawan provincial board member Cherry Pie Acosta explained that her resolution only covers areas outside the actual beachfront.

"Nais po nating ipaliwanag na 'yung sinasabi po nating t-back, ay dapat po may tapis po sila. Kumbaga gagamitin po 'yun, 'yun sa may tamang panahon, may tamang lugar," she said.

"Ang nais lang po nating i-prohibit dito, 'yung paglalakad ng ating mga turista na nais makita ang ganda ng Palawan, 'yung t-back na along po sa mga eskuwelahan natin, malapit sa simbahan," Acosta added.

Acosta said her proposal only seeks to protect children and conservative residents who might find such skimpy swimwear inappropriate.

"They can wear one-piece, they can wear two-piece, except t-back, kung saan iikot po sila sa mga barrio... Ang sabi natin, puwede silang mag-t-back, magtapis lang. Kung gusto nilang lumublob sa dagat, that's the time tatanggalin po nila 'yung tapis nila," she explained.

"Ang atin po, gusto po nating i-maintain 'yung wholesome family environment dito po sa lalawigan ng Palawan. 'Yun po 'yung gusto natin," Acosta added.

Acosta also said the local government understands and respects each tourist's personal views and beliefs, but said they should also learn to respect local culture and tradition.

"Naiintindihan po natin, self-expression po ng mga turista, ire-respect kung ano po 'yung kanilang paniniwala, 'yung belief po nila, pero kailangan din po nilang i-respeto po 'yung kultura natin, 'yung tradisyon po natin... Ang atin lang po, magkaroon ng sanctity ng ating lugar," she said.

At present, local officials have yet to approve Acosta's proposal.