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Ginigipit? QMC wants Marcos-Sara event moved to a basketball court

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The Quezon Memorial Circle has offered to hold the event of former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio in a covered basketball court.

Atty. Ari Ancheta, chief of staff of Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor said the offer was made after their request to use the much bigger and open Liwasang Aurora was rejected.

Ancheta narrated that on November 25 he went to the management of QMC to submit a letter request to use the Liwasang Aurora from December 6 to 9. He explained that the Marcos-Sara event will be held on December 8 but they needed to prepare the venue two days prior and use the last day to clean the area.

He said the staff in the QMC told them that the dates were still open for booking. The use of Liwasang Aurora cost P20,000 per day.

“Binigay po namin yung ano (letter request) tinatakan nya…. Tapos nag-offer po kami kung pwede na kaming magbigay ng reservation fee kaso lang nung nabasa nya po yata yung letter head kasi yung letter head ni Cong. Mike (Defensor) nung nabasa niya sabi niya sa amin ay iaakyat ko pa to sa superiors ko,” Ancheta said.

Ancheta said they were told that they will be receiving a text message the following day about the decision of the “superiors.”

On November 26, Ancheta said he received a text message informing him that the Liwasang Aurora was already fully booked for the month of December.

“Tinanong ko po kung sino yung nag-book for the whole of December….. Sabi nya yung Liwasang Aurora was booked by the City Events Office of the Office of the City Mayor, Office of the City Vice Mayor and the Councilors League. Tatlong beses po namin na tinanong sila kung free yung December 6 to 9, tatlong beses din pong nag-confirm na open po sila,” Ancheta added.

In another text message, Ancheta said he was informed that they can use instead the basketball covered court.

Defensor meanwhile said that there are a lot of events of politicians held in Liwasang Aurora recently.

“Yung basketball court kung saan nila kami gusto dalhin andun sa dulo katabi ng Circle of Joy tsaka Joy’s Urban Farming. Eh talagang hindi kakasya dyan,” sabi ni Defensor.

Defensor added: “Pagka sila pwede, pagka rally ng pang kay (VP) Leni Robredo pwede, pero dito kay BBM at Inday Sara hindi pwede.”

Defensor also pointed out that based on previous Marcos-Sara events a lot of people are joining.

“Ang gusto lang naman natin maluwag, para naman wag nga magkadikit-dikit yung mga tao para bang ipapagkait mo yung isang lugar na hindi naman ikaw nagmamay-ari, yan ay pampubliko,” the solon added. “Alam mo naman kapag si BBM ang dumating at si Inday Sara napakalaki ng grupo, sana naman pagbigyan na nila.”