Vice President Sara Duterte on Thursday, Oct. 5, denied she was behind the traffic disruption along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City as was claimed by an unidentified policeman in a now viral video on social media.
(Inday Sara Duterte/Facebook)
A statement by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) said that the VP was in Mindanao for World Teachers’ Day and other activities.
“The Vice President did not ask QCPD and will never ask government agencies, including law enforcement bodies, to carry out actions that would inconvenience the public or cause them harm,” Duterte’s office said.
“The viral video is spreading injurious information that is purely grounded in falsity,” it added.
In the video making the rounds on social media, the one holding the camera was heard talking to an unidentified policeman about the closure of an area along Commonwealth Avenue.
The policeman was heard saying that it was to allow Duterte’s convoy to pass, which prompted the video owner to turn to the motorists in traffic and announce that they would all need to stop for the Vice President’s convoy.
Netizens expressed frustration and anger on social media, with many calling out Duterte’s supposed entitlement and privilege.
In the statement, the OVP maintained that Duterte “will always put the interest and welfare of the public over her own personal interest and privileges.”
It also called on the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) “to rectify this error and publicly disclose the VIP involved in the road closure.”
“The OVP calls on QCPD to conduct an investigation and hold all those responsible accountable for their action, including the liability of the person who took the video and maliciously appended the traffic stop to the Vice President,” the statement said.
Duterte wrote a letter to QCPD Director Redrico Maranan asking his office “to investigate this incident and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”
She also urged the QCPD to “rectify this falsehood and publicly state the real reason for the road closure, including naming the supposed VIP who requested such action.”
Duterte wants the police officer and district director to issue a public apology to those who have been inconvenienced by the “deception.”