Interior Asec: At least 10 local officials may face admin raps over Boracay problems

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) — Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing revealed Wednesday at least ten local Boracay officials may face administrative complaints  over alleged grave neglect of duty that led to the island's environmental problems.

On the eve of the island's closure, Densing revealed complaints will be filed before the Ombudsman against erring officials, whom he did not name.

"Based on the complaint sheet, we've identified at least ten na na kakasuhan natin administratively. But again, pagdating sa dulo, once we get the authenticated documents, it's only then we will see kung ilan talaga," Densing said in a press conference.

The Interior Assistant Secretary said they have investigated all local officials regardless of position.

"Nung binigyan kami ng mandate mag-imbestiga, ininvestigate namin from all local officials involved in Boracay of course, from the governor down to the barangay captain. We did it as objectively as we can," Densing said.

He added the Interior Department will also ask the Commission on Audit to conduct a special audit on the use of environmental fees by the local government.

Earlier, Malacañang said a decision on declaring Boracay under a state of calamity would be released on April 26 - the beginning of the closure period.

According to officials, a state of calamity could be declared in the Barangays of Balabag, Manoc-Manoc, and Yapak - which comprise Boracay - in the town of Malay, Aklan province. Boracay is more than 300 kilometers south of Manila in Western Visayas.

An executive order or proclamation on the state of calamity will serve as legal basis for the shutdown. It is also expected to fast-track procurement as the island fixes its drainage system.