Toilet war? PSC calls out ABS-CBN reporter over viral tweet of toilet at Rizal Stadium

MANILA, Philippines – There’s an ongoing ‘Toilet War’ between an ABS-CBN reporter and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) over the viral photo of a toilet at Rizal Stadium. Netizens are unsure which camp to believe, with many saying that the reporter is trying to put the Philippines in a bad light while others say the commission probably got the toilet fixed after the post went viral!

The online ‘Toilet War’ began last November 25 when Angel Movido (Twitter handle @angelmovido) posted a video of a cubicle that has two toilet bowls inside.

“LOOK: Newly renovated women's comfort room at the Rizal Stadium have two toilets in one cubicle,” Movido wrote as she shares a video taken inside a cubicle.

Indeed, the cubicle in the video has two toilet bowls but the two shared only one door. This angered a lot of netizens who believe that whoever designed these toilets must have been out of their mind. Why would they put two toilet bowls in one cubicle? Surely, if these toilets were inside a sports facility that’s already open to the public, it is clear that there’s a huge mistake!

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But after the video went viral, the PSC issued a clarification to the viral photo of toilet at Rizal Stadium. The facility was identified to be a comfort room at Ninoy Aquino Stadium – and there’s a divider between the two toilet bowls!

In its post on Facebook close to 12 noon on November 27, the PSC wrote:

“Photo on the left was taken while the facility was under renovation.

Photo on the right is actual photo taken today, November 27 of the said comfort room at Ninoy Aquino Stadium.


PSC calls out ABS-CBN reporter over viral tweet of toilet at Rizal Stadium
Photo credit: PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) / Facebook

By 2:28PM on the same day, Movido issued an erratum regarding the sports facility’s name, but skirted the issue about the ‘fake news’.

“Erratum: The twin toilet bowls are located inside the women's comfort room of the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, one of the facilities found in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC). The Ninoy Aquino Stadium is the official venue for the SEA Games' Taekwondo and Weightlifting events,” Movido wrote.

She added, “The cubicle where the two toilets were found, is larger and originally intended for PWDs, according to Engr. Manny Salazar. Salazar assured measures are being done to make the toilets suitable for public use.”

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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