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Apr. 11, 18 | 5:25 pm

An overseas Filipino worker based in Dubai showed no signs of backing down after he lashed out at singer Jim Paredes who responded to his Facebook post, titled #Boracay is not Manila, that talks about the government’s decision to shut down Boracay Island.

Nicholo Jallores, an OFW writer, did not mince his words favoring the government’s recent move to cordon off the world-renowned tourist destination.

Jallores described the move as a demonstration of President Rodrigo Duterte’s vision for the nation.
He added that along with the commercialization of Boracay, came the problem of a “free-for-all commodification of our natural resources”. The OFW said that previous administrations failed to protect the rights of the Ati people, the island’s inhabitants.

“Local government saw that Boracay was a money-making mother so they approved business proposals left and right, sustainability be damned. National government saw billions of pesos flying into their coffers yearly from Boracay’s general direction and just went, ‘Mmmkay. More!’,“ Jallores said.

“Another thought to marinate in: when you introduce modern concepts of consumerism into an area, you do not just change its economy – you change its culture. You change the way individuals regard themselves and in turn, the way the community relates to its environs. People who once had simple, perfectly idyllic lives begin to think of themselves as destitute in comparison to their urban counterparts,” he added.

Jallores went on to discuss why it is inadmissible to compare Boracay to Metro Manila, and turn it into “a septic tank”.

“That some people can even make such a comparison is travesty and lazy thinking most foul. That Boracay and Metro Manila can occupy the same space in some people’s minds is PRECISELY the reason why it has been too easy for us to turn that island into a septic tank,” his post read.

The OFW’s statement seems to have been a snap back at Paredes’ recent Twitter post that gained the ire of many netizens, including OFWs in the UAE.

Paredes was quick to type answer a comment by another user to Jallores’ post: “It was a joke obviously. The malicious of course will go to town on it. Appreciation of sarcasm is not among the talents of the dull”.

Jallores countered the singer’s statement, saying “Then as a fan, I have to say that I prefer your songwriting to your comedy”.

Jallores’ post quickly became viral overnight, with netizens also jumping in to share their thoughts.

As of writing, Jallores’ post has garnered over 6,600 reactions and over 3,000 shares.

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