Belmonte to file charges vs fake vaccination news spreaders

Belmonte to file charges vs fake vaccination news spreaders

Photo of PNP chief General Guillermo Eleazar inspecting the Araneta Coliseum Mega Vaccination Site last Sunday, August 8

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Mayor Joy Belmonte has on Sunday (08 Aug 2021) warned fake news spreaders that the Quezon City Government will file multiple charges against them if they don’t stop.

This, after on Saturday night (August 7) fake news came out on social media saying the QC government allows walk-ins to be vaccinated at the Araneta Center vaccination site.

This resulted in huge numbers of residents storming at the above-mentioned vaccination site on Sunday (August 8) despite an earlier report from the QC-LGU it will no longer allow walk-in vaccination applicants.

The mass-up of the crowd prompted Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar to visit and inspect the area.

As a result, the lady mayor again clarified that a “no walk-in accommodation for vaccination” is strictly enforced in the city and she again cited that interested QCitizens may visit the city’s website where residents and workers can register online.

“To be categorically clear, Quezon City does not allow walk-ins in its vaccine sites. Hindi po maaaring magbakasakali at pumila lamang upang mabakunahan. May maayos na sistema po ng pre-registration at scheduling na patuloy na ipinatutupad sa ating lungsod,” she said.

She also made a request to the social media platforms and law enforcement agencies to curb and investigate the spreading of such fake news because she does not allow it.

And if social media trolls don’t stop, the City may file charges against them including reckless endangerment, violation of Cybercrime Law and unjust vexation.

“I would like to make the following requests: to those spreading this fake news (for whatever malicious reason), makonsensiya naman kayo. You are literally endangering the lives of countless men, women, and children. Kung hindi kayo madadaan sa pakiusap, kaso ng reckless endangerment, violation of Cybercrime Law at unjust vexation ang ihaharap namin sa inyo,” warned Belmonte.

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The Quezon City government encourages citizens to register in the QC Vax Easy and do not just walk inside the vaccination sites.

Those people who just walk-in to the sites are increasing the risk of spreading the virus and they could be contagious.

“In the meantime, let us all continue to be vigilant, practice standard precautions, and stay safe,” she added in her statement.

The Quezon City government does not discriminate against those who are afraid of the vaccine but they encourage them and they are hoping that this stops here. (ai/mtvn)

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