A veteran journalist slammed Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, calling her immature, shallow-minded, and also a “disgrace to mankind” amid criticisms being received by the latter on social media.
Jay Sonza wrote a lengthy open letter to Belmonte to call out the Mayor for the alleged mistakes she did while handling the COVID-19 crisis in her city.
Sonza mentioned that thousands of eco-bags produced by the Quezon City Government were named after their beloved Mayor. At the same time, the only contents of those bags are soap, alcohol, and facemask.
He criticized how Belmonte let three COVID-19 positive patients go home even though they could infect others despite being asymptomatic.
The journalist also doesn’t like how Belmonte argued with her critics.
He believes that Quezon City might be in danger and became the next Wuhan and Italy because of Belmonte’s immature behavior and shallow understanding of the COVID-19.
Here’s what Sonza wrote to Belmonte
Quezon City, Philippines
Dear Ms. Joy,
As mayor of QC you have done your utmost best to implement the containment measures in the community quarantine of the government.
While you admitted that you do not fully understand the enhanced community quarantine order for the mitigation of Covid19, you did what you thought was the best you can.
On both occasions, you called several media conferences to tell the people of QC and the entire world that you do not have a full grasp of your role in the CQ and ECQ.
You printed 500k to 1M ecobag with your name on it and put in a piece of soap, a bottle of alcohol, a face mask.
Then you followed it with a random sampling of food distribution, with matching rehearsals on how to hand it to a recipient, all caught on still and video camera and broadcast on mainstream and new media.
You went to a supposed house of a Covid19 positive after declaring Barangay Tandang Sora, the place I call home since 1986, as an “extreme” ECQ area.
After 44 residents, tested positive, with 3 patients needing urgent hospitalization, you boldly decided to send them home because according to you, they can’t be accommodated in the more than 30 hospitals and other medical facilities in QC.
When your constituents started complaining about how poor and bad you have led the city in this interesting times, you chided them, and called them ingrate.
Ms. Joy, your immature behavior, your high class attitude, your very shallow understanding of the global pandemic, your inability to handle crisis of this magnitude led us, people of QC to believe that you simply have what it takes to lead us to perdition.
Your leadership as mayor of this premier city, the national government center, the medical hub of the Republic, will certainly make QC another Wuhan and Italy in the fight against Covid19.
Mayor Belmonte, I am not asking you to resign or take a forced leave of absence so that crisis management expert can better handle the situation.
Ngunit, kung may natitira pang kahihiyan sa mukha mo, kung may nalalabi pang respeto sa alaala ng mga naunang matitinong alkalde ng QC tulad nina Tomas Morato, Adelina Rodriguez at Ismael Mathay Jr., if you care enough for us, your constituents, please do yourself a favor, vanish if you must.
You simply can’t handle the heat in the kitchen. You have a poor comprehension. You do not have crisis management ability. And you just don’t have a true and sincere heart for the less fortunate.
You are a disgrace to mankind and humanity Ms. Joy Belmonte.
May God have mercy on your soul.
Tandang Sora, Quezon City
The post of Sonza already received 11,000 shares as of writing.
While Mayors Vico Sotto, Isko Moreno, and other public officials are being praised on social media, Belmonte experienced the opposite.
She was accused of being incompetent and several netizens made her a meme material.
Belmonte also told her critics that they’re not obliged to accept any benefits from the city government which made the netizens more furious.