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Request denied! QC Memorial Circle won’t be used for Marcos Jr-Sara tandem event

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Billy Begas

Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor said the management of the Quezon Memorial Circle has denied his request to use the venue for an event of presidential tandem of former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio.

“Sumulat ako sa Quezon Memorial Circle kasi yan lang ang nakikita naming venue, alam mo naman kapag si Bongbong Marcos at tsaka si Inday Sara ang nandyan ay napakaraming tao,” Defensor said.

He said his allies have checked and learned that there was no schedule to use the venue on December 8.

“Nung tinitignan nila bakante yung December 8, ngayon bigla-bigla sinasabi nung administrator ng QMC nag-reserve daw ang Quezon City government,” Defensor added.

He narrated that in the 2016 elections, the Belmontes also did not allow Marcos to hold a motorcade or rally in the city. The Belmontes, who were part of the Liberal Party then, were supporting the administration candidates.

“Nung mga panahong yun hindi nila pinapayagan si Bongbong Marcos na magkaroon ng motorcade dito o magkaroon ng rally sa Quezon City, bagamat ganun nanalo pa rin naman si Bongbong Marcos sa Quezon City as vice president. Ngayon gagawin na naman nila yan kay presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos,” Defensor said.

Defensor also noted that the QMC management should be neutral.

“Hindi nila pag-aari yan, publiko yan. And alam naman nila na pag itong dalawa nagsama…. Kailangan talaga ganito kalaking lugar dahil sa dami ng sumusunod at nakikinig,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, the Quezon City government has issued a statement branding Defensor’s claim as “fake news.”

“This is a blatant example of fake news. The venue that their group requested for the event is not meant for such activities. Needless to say, however, an alternate venue was proposed and offered,” the statement of the local government read.

In response, Defensor sent a number of website links to media showing video footage of the 2016 political rally of former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and Vice President Leni Robredo that was held in the area.

The Belmontes, then the regional head of the Liberal Party, were supportive of the Roxas-Robredo tandem.

“Mayor Joy Belmonte promptly rejected the request, saying that QMC is not meant for such activities,” Defensor’s statement read. “This is to disprove Belmonte’s claim that QMC is not meant for such activities.”