Joy Belmonte says sorry to bashers after not suspending classes in QC

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Pusong bato? Think again.

Heavy rains are stressful in general, but it was especially so for Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte. The politiko stood as acting mayor in Quezon City during the height of Typhoon Gorio’s downpour, but decided against cancelling classes on Thursday, July 27, even as other cities in Metro Manila have already issued class suspensions.

The politiko eventually apologized to students and residents who were caught in the rain, and tried to justify her much-awaited decision that kept all of them up until dawn.

“This time I welcome all the hate and the vileness of your messages. I truly deserve it,” Belmonte said on Facebook following the backlash.

“Had we allowed ourselves some additional time, we would have received the later PAG-ASA advisories stating some new developments in the weather that they admit they did not foresee earlier. And could we also not have changed our minds given the new data?”

She also went to commend parents and principals who decided to call off school today due to the heavy rains.

Belmonte eventually gave in around 11:30 a.m. and called off classes for all levels that afternoon.