Video of collapsing footbridge was taken in the Philippines in 2018, not in Indonesia
Footage has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times across different social media platforms after it was shared with a claim that it shows a footbridge collapsing in Indonesia’s Samarinda city. The claim is false; the video has circulated in media reports about a wooden footbridge that collapsed in Zamboanga City, the Philippines, in 2018, causing visiting government officials to fall into the water.
This 19-second clip was shared on Facebook on January 14, 2022, where it has been viewed more than 92,000 times.
It shows a group of people falling into water when a wooden footbridge they are walking along suddenly gives way.
The Indonesian-language caption reads as: "Bridge inauguration in Samarinda".
Samarinda is the capital city of Indonesia's East Kalimantan province.
However, the claim is false.
Translated from Chavacano, a Creole language spoken in Zamboanga City, the video's title reads as: "Wooden bridge in Rio Hondo collapsed and caused an accident among local and national government officials."
Rio Hondo is a neighbourhood in Zamboanga City in Mindanao Island.
Below is the screenshot comparison between the video in the misleading post (L) and the GBPI TV11 video (R):
This video report from Philippine media outlet ABS-CBN, published on YouTube on April 26, 2018, also shows similar scenes of the collapsed footbridge.
Translated from Tagalog, the video's title reads: "TV Patrol: A number of government officials fell off a bridge in Zamboanga."
The caption reads: "This video captures the moment when Negros Occidental representative Albee Benitez, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco Salazar and Zamboanga City representative Celso Lobregat and their staff fell into the water."
According to the reports, the officials were inspecting a run-down resettlement project for victims of a deadly 2013 siege in Zamboanga City.