Authorities should install restrooms along the beachfront of Boracay, Malacañang said Thursday as it criticized the act of publicly defecating in the popular tourist destination as “offensive.”
A viral video showing a tourist letting her child defecate on the beach prompted government agencies to close off an area where the footage was believed to be taken.
“Even if it’s a Filipino or a foreign tourist, it’s offensive to the sight. It’s not a good scene,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press briefing.
He added: “Of course, we’re not happy about that. It’s not good because we’re supposed to be cleaning it up while some people are messing it up.”
In the video, a woman was seen washing her child’s buttocks, while another woman was spotted burying a diaper in the sand.
“There are rules and regulations in that place so everyone is expected whether foreigner or Filipino tourists to follow rules. And that obviously is a violation,” Panelo said.
The president’s spokesman also suggested that portable restrooms should be installed along the beachfront of the world famous island.
“Maybe we should ask also the Boracay, whoever are responsible for that place, to have available restrooms all over,” Panelo said.
Natividad Bernardino, general manager of the Boracay Interagency Rehabilitation Management Group, said in an interview on CNN Philippines Thursday that “they are trying to work on installing public toilets along the beachfront.”
She also said the authorities have yet to identify the tourists in the video. — Gaea Katreena Cabico