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QC Council declares Darryl Yap, Ai-Ai Delas Alas persona non grata for disrespecting city govt seal

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The Quezon City Council has approved a resolution declaring comedian Ai-Ai Delas Alas and director Darryl Yap persona non grata in Quezon City for disrespecting its official seal.

The resolution was filed by Councilor Ivy Lagman, who said “the malicious and unscrupulous defacing of the official seal of Quezon City ridiculed and casted dishonor to it, causing insult to the noble representation of the seal.”

The Quezon City seal was featured in a video directed by Yap and which starred Delas Alas as an official named Ligaya Delmonte, an apparent jab at Mayor Joy Belmonte.

Behind Delas Alas is Quezon City’s triangle-shaped seal with the words “BBM” and “Sara” along the sides.

In a statement on Facebook, Lagman said anybody who disrespects the city seal deserves to be declared persona non grata or unwelcome in the city.

“Maybe this will make all content creators think twice before posting anything on social media such as these videos,” she said.

Freedom of expression is not absolute, she said.

“Hindi naman basta-basta nalang po na pwede tayo mag post ng mga gusto natin na hindi man lang pinag isipan mabuti kung ano ang mga laman ng mga pinalalabas natin sa mga tao. Kung ang Freedom of Expression mo ay hindi minsan nararapat–katulad ng pagsayaw mo habang pinapatugtog ang national anthem o ang pag gamit sa Philippine Flag ng hindi tama, etc., huwag natin itong gawing laging rason para lang mambastos,” she said.

She also made it clear that the City Council resolution was not against president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and vice president-elect Sara Duterte.

“Ito po ay patungkol sa paglapastang sa SEAL ng Quezon City, Yes you are free to be expressive with your work, but not at the expense of something which QCitizens hold in high regard,” she said.

According to Lagman, Quezon City is proud of its achievements and showcases itself through its distinct corporate seal, which features a triangle with the pylon of the Quezon Memorial Circle.

“Mahal po namin ang Quezon City at ang lokal na pamahalaan nito ay aming nirerespeto. Sana kayo rin,” she said.