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Foreign Tourist Who Defecated In Intramuros Still Being Hunted

INTRAMUROS – The hunt for the foreigner who defecated in a flowerpot in Baluarte de Dilao, Intramuros, is still ongoing

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The hunt for the foreigner continued after an expert confirmed the authenticity of the photograph of the public offender that went viral on social media.

The photo showed an elderly man sitting on a large flowerpot and defecating on it. This was posted by a netizen named Dos Alvarados who posted it on the Historia Manila Facebook page.

According to PhilStar, Dos, who is identified as Ronald Joseph Alvarado III, is a BS Education student in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Taguig.

He was visiting the famed walled area with his classmates for their educational tour when he saw the said man defecating and cleaning up himself with his bare hands.

After the post went viral, netizens called on Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to initiate a hunt to “teach the man a lesson for desecrating” the treasured wall area, which was declared a National Cultural Treasure in 2018.

Moreno then ordered Manila Police District-Special Mayor’s Reaction Team chief Maj. Rosalino Ibay Jr. to locate the offender.

Ibay said that the man will be filed charges for violating the Revised Penal Code, grave scandal and alarm. The photography expert who confirmed the photo’s authenticity was Edward dela Cuesta.

Ronald Joseph Alvarado talks to The STAR at the Manila city hall yesterday. At right is a photo of the man who reportedly defecated in Intramuros. | Image from: PhilStar

As per the report, the Intramuros Administration (IA), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT), reminded visitors in the area to be responsible despite reports of a foreigner defecating in the area.

“We ask the public to be mindful of our environment and to practice responsible tourism, especially when visiting the country’s heritage sites,”

“We urge the people to be vigilant and call the attention of law enforcement officers or security guards in the areas,”

IA personnel reported that there were no human waste in the area. However, Alvarado said that he saw a black plastic protruding from the flowerpot while the foreigner was defecating. 

DOT recently deployed its Save Our Spots movement, which aims to endorse local tourism, says Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

“This movement calls for each individual to do their part in acting as a responsible tourist and encouraging the same behavior toward their peers,”

Furthermore, the public can conduct a citizen’s arrest of foreigners who violate the country’s laws.

PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac that the public can arrest foreign tourists on sight who are committing an offense. They can also bring the violators to the nearest barangay hall or police station for investigation.

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