‘People are cursing us’: Boracay tourism operators scramble as Philippine President Duterte’s shutdown looms

The Philippine tourism industry scrambled on Friday to manage the fallout from the temporary shutdown of its world-famous Boracay island, which threw into chaos trips planned by hundreds of thousands of tourists.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the once-idyllic white-sand resort closed to tourists for up to six months from April 26, after describing the country’s top tourist attraction as a “cesspool” tainted by raw sewage.
Checkpoints manned by police or soldiers will be…