Manila shrine gets a scrubbing after Isko steps on feces

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2019 09:40 AM | Updated as of Jul 11 2019 09:54 AM

MANILA - Cleanup operations in the city intensified a day after Mayor Isko Moreno stepped on human feces during his inspection in Liwasang Bonifacio on Wednesday.

The Department of Public Services, firefighters, and citizens helped to scrub and wash away the grime of Lawton area after supposedly being used as a toilet by informal settlers, according to the mayor.

Authorities also removed some 58 stalls in Kartilya ng Katipunan Park, where a monument of Emilio Jacinto could be found, for obstructing the path of pedestrians.

Authorities said they plan to clean the shrine twice a week to remove the smell of human feces. 

"Overlooking pa ito sa office ni mayor. Sobrang eyesore. Ang utos sa atin ay linisin nang maayos ang kapaligiran dito, lalo dito amoy dumi ng tao," Chairman Lenin Bacud of Barangay 435 Sampaloc said. 

A new station commander of Lawton Police Community Precinct has also been assigned, after Moreno ordered the relief of Police Lt. Rowel Robles due to his mismanagement of the area.

--Report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News