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‘Di ka nakakatuwa! ‘Absent mayor’Joy Belmonte trends on Twitter over arrest of hungry residents

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte drew netizens’ ire on Wednesday (April 1) for turning a blind eye to residents’ plight after police arrested 20 residents of Sitio San Roque who staged a protest.

Initial investigation by the police showed over 150 residents trooped to EDSA to demand food and other forms of assistance from Belmonte amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

Chaos started after police began dispersing the rallyists, which led to the arrest of 20 residents.

Belmonte’s silence on the incident and her inefficient response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis made her the fifth trending topic on Twitter in the Philippines as of Wednesday afternoon.

ABS-CBN news anchor Karen Davila tweeted: “QC Mayor Joy Belmonte, your constituents need you. @officialqcmayor”

Netizen @francisyuuuh said: “the incompetence of joy belmonte reached the level where the people are starving—dying.”

Twitter user @__jin_ri said: “QC is in distraught that they resorted to risking their lives just to ask for food. Nagugutom sila mayor Joy Belmonte, OH MY GOODNESS LOOK AT YOUR PEOPLE!!! This is definitely an LGU problem considering that the neighboring cities are somehow thriving with competent officials.”

Netizen @dudeistheword tweeted: “Joy Belmonte’s incompetence IS BEYOND. Shouldn’t our government be measuring the performance of how well each LGUs is dealing with the epidemic. Oof, even the national government sucks so.”

Twitter user @pieishere said: “I fucking hate Joy Belmonte right now. We dont see this happening in Pasig or in Manila and other key cities. Quezon City is so fucked up.”

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