Celebrities and famous figures couldn’t stop themselves from reacting to the closure of Commonwealth Avenue to allegedly give way to the VIP convoy of Vice President Sara Duterte.
In a viral video circulating on social media, an uploader tried to ask a member of the Quezon City Police why they were closing the highway, blocking thousands of motorists.
“May dadaan po tayong VIP. Si VP,” the officer said.
Sinarado ang isa sa pinaka busy na kalsada sa bansa dahil tatawid ang isang ViP? Grabe naman yan.
Sent to me by an ex-military man. pic.twitter.com/hybUl2vo9y
— Teddy Casiño (@teddycasino) October 5, 2023
Meanwhile, several popular figures like Jake Ejercito, Justin Dizon, Teddy Casino, and JC Punongbayan posted their reaction to the news.
“When you elect leaders who want to be served instead of servant leaders,” said Ejercito.
Punongbayan then posted an AI photo to describe the said incident in a creative way.
— JC Punongbayan, PhD (@jcpunongbayan) October 5, 2023
Meanwhile, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) denied that they ordered the closure of Commonwealth Avenue.
“I want to emphasize that neither I nor my office ever made any request for assistance from the QCPD to orchestrate such an action. The claims in the video are not only misleading but also outright false,” said Duterte.
“In light of this situation, I call upon the QCPD to investigate this incident and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. Furthermore, I urge the QCPD to rectify this falsehood and publicly state the real reason for the road ‘closure, including naming the supposed VIP who requested such action,” she added.
QCPD already apologized for the said incident and already suspended the officer who was seen on the video.
“We understand the importance of upholding the dignity and reputation of our public officials. Our commitment remains unwavering in ensuring the safety and security of all individuals under our protection, regardless of their status. We will continue to strive for transparency and professionalism in our operations,” said QCPD Director Brig. Gen. Redrico Maranan.