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Closing Philippines' Boracay resort island

A policeman asks a tourist to leave the beach during the shutdown of the holiday island Boracay, in Philippines April 26, 2018. With an estimated 1,800 businesses competing for space and clamoring for a share of the annual $1 billion that Boracay generates, mass tourism is pushing this tiny 4-square-mile island to the brink of collapse. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A policeman asks a tourist to leave the beach during the shutdown of the holiday island Boracay, in Philippines April 26, 2018. With an estimated 1,800 businesses competing for space and clamoring for a share of the annual $1 billion that Boracay...more

A policeman asks a tourist to leave the beach during the shutdown of the holiday island Boracay, in Philippines April 26, 2018. With an estimated 1,800 businesses competing for space and clamoring for a share of the annual $1 billion that Boracay generates, mass tourism is pushing this tiny 4-square-mile island to the brink of collapse. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Policemen collect trash at Bulabog beach in the holiday island of Boracay during the first day of a temporary closure for tourists, in Philippines April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Policemen collect trash at Bulabog beach in the holiday island of Boracay during the first day of a temporary closure for tourists, in Philippines April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Policemen collect trash at Bulabog beach in the holiday island of Boracay during the first day of a temporary closure for tourists, in Philippines April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A girl scribbles on a wall two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 24, 2018. With an estimated 1,800 businesses competing for space and clamoring for a share of the annual $1 billion that Boracay generates, mass tourism is pushing this tiny 4-square-mile island to the brink of collapse. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A girl scribbles on a wall two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 24, 2018. With an estimated 1,800 businesses competing for space and clamoring for a share of the annual $1 billion that Boracay...more

A girl scribbles on a wall two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 24, 2018. With an estimated 1,800 businesses competing for space and clamoring for a share of the annual $1 billion that Boracay generates, mass tourism is pushing this tiny 4-square-mile island to the brink of collapse. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Workers who are cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, wait behind a glass door to avail transportation money from the Department of Social Welfare agency, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the island to outsiders for six months to undergo a process of rehabilitation, for which a complete plan has yet to be drafted. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Workers who are cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, wait behind a glass door to avail transportation money from the Department of Social Welfare agency, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. Philippines...more

Workers who are cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, wait behind a glass door to avail transportation money from the Department of Social Welfare agency, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the island to outsiders for six months to undergo a process of rehabilitation, for which a complete plan has yet to be drafted. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Filipino workers demolish West Cove resort two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 24, 2018. The local government has started demolishing some of the 900 illegal structures on the island and preparing to widen a 4.3 mile spine road clogged with trucks, motorbikes and vans. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Filipino workers demolish West Cove resort two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 24, 2018. The local government has started demolishing some of the 900 illegal structures on the island and...more

Filipino workers demolish West Cove resort two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 24, 2018. The local government has started demolishing some of the 900 illegal structures on the island and preparing to widen a 4.3 mile spine road clogged with trucks, motorbikes and vans. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A view of a seashore partly covered with moss is seen at Boracay in the Philippines April 23, 2018. Tourists and non-residents will be denied entry and boats will be barred from going within 1.8 miles of the island.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A view of a seashore partly covered with moss is seen at Boracay in the Philippines April 23, 2018. Tourists and non-residents will be denied entry and boats will be barred from going within 1.8 miles of the island. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A view of a seashore partly covered with moss is seen at Boracay in the Philippines April 23, 2018. Tourists and non-residents will be denied entry and boats will be barred from going within 1.8 miles of the island. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Policemen stage a mock protest dispersal during a drill, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. A few dozen police, including riot and SWAT teams, have been doing exercises on the beach to prepare for resistance that residents say is highly unlikely. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Policemen stage a mock protest dispersal during a drill, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. A few dozen police, including riot and SWAT teams, have been doing exercises on the beach...more

Policemen stage a mock protest dispersal during a drill, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. A few dozen police, including riot and SWAT teams, have been doing exercises on the beach to prepare for resistance that residents say is highly unlikely. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Hotel workers who are cut-off from their jobs pose for a picture, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Hotel workers who are cut-off from their jobs pose for a picture, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Hotel workers who are cut-off from their jobs pose for a picture, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A sand sculpture is seen along the beach, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A sand sculpture is seen along the beach, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A sand sculpture is seen along the beach, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A saleswoman looks out from a glass window of a clothing store, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A saleswoman looks out from a glass window of a clothing store, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A saleswoman looks out from a glass window of a clothing store, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A sewage pipe is seen along the shore of Bulabog beach on Boracay island, Philippines April 10, 2018.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A sewage pipe is seen along the shore of Bulabog beach on Boracay island, Philippines April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A sewage pipe is seen along the shore of Bulabog beach on Boracay island, Philippines April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A menu on a board is pictured outside a restaurant near uncollected sacks containing waste from clogged sewage pipes along the main road on Boracay island, Philippines April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A menu on a board is pictured outside a restaurant near uncollected sacks containing waste from clogged sewage pipes along the main road on Boracay island, Philippines April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A menu on a board is pictured outside a restaurant near uncollected sacks containing waste from clogged sewage pipes along the main road on Boracay island, Philippines April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Tourists watch the sunset aboard sailboats, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Tourists watch the sunset aboard sailboats, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Tourists watch the sunset aboard sailboats, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Policemen walk past tourists, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Policemen walk past tourists, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Policemen walk past tourists, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Workers, who are cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, avail transportation money from the Department of Social Welfare and Development agency, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. Sacks near the workers contain waste materials from the resorts taken from clogged drainage. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Workers, who are cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, avail transportation money from the Department of Social Welfare and Development agency, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. Sacks near the workers...more

Workers, who are cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, avail transportation money from the Department of Social Welfare and Development agency, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. Sacks near the workers contain waste materials from the resorts taken from clogged drainage. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Workers stand on a rock formation that was turned into a mini park by West Cove resort, two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Workers stand on a rock formation that was turned into a mini park by West Cove resort, two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Workers stand on a rock formation that was turned into a mini park by West Cove resort, two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay in the Philippines April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Policemen conduct a mock hostage taking of a tourists during a drill, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Policemen conduct a mock hostage taking of a tourists during a drill, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Policemen conduct a mock hostage taking of a tourists during a drill, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Members of a local band perform on the beach, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Members of a local band perform on the beach, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Members of a local band perform on the beach, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Tourists walk past policemen, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Tourists walk past policemen, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Tourists walk past policemen, one day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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People walk past a clogged sewer and uncollected sacks containing waste from the sewers along a road at Boracay in Philippines April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

People walk past a clogged sewer and uncollected sacks containing waste from the sewers along a road at Boracay in Philippines April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

People walk past a clogged sewer and uncollected sacks containing waste from the sewers along a road at Boracay in Philippines April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Boatmen wait for customers next to their sailboats, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Boatmen wait for customers next to their sailboats, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Boatmen wait for customers next to their sailboats, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Workers dismantle Spider resort, two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Workers dismantle Spider resort, two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Workers dismantle Spider resort, two days before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Members of the police SWAT team take part in a hostage taking drill, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Members of the police SWAT team take part in a hostage taking drill, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Members of the police SWAT team take part in a hostage taking drill, a day before the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Workers who were cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, ride on a tricycle in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Workers who were cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, ride on a tricycle in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Workers who were cut off from their jobs due to the temporary closure of the holiday island Boracay, ride on a tricycle in the Philippines April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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Filipino workers ride in a truck with waste materials collected from clogged sewage drainage pipes from the main road of Boracay island, in Philippines April 10, 2018.  REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Filipino workers ride in a truck with waste materials collected from clogged sewage drainage pipes from the main road of Boracay island, in Philippines April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Filipino workers ride in a truck with waste materials collected from clogged sewage drainage pipes from the main road of Boracay island, in Philippines April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A tourist walks past a shop selling sunglasses at Boracay in the Philippines, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A tourist walks past a shop selling sunglasses at Boracay in the Philippines, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A tourist walks past a shop selling sunglasses at Boracay in the Philippines, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A government violation notice is pictured in front of an establishment that is due for demolition in Boracay in Philippines, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A government violation notice is pictured in front of an establishment that is due for demolition in Boracay in Philippines, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A government violation notice is pictured in front of an establishment that is due for demolition in Boracay in Philippines, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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