Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte instructed an investigation into the Quezon City Police District’s handling of the incident involving a driver captured on video pointing a gun at a cyclist. She emphasized that she would not tolerate any attempts to cover up the case.
Belmonte’s directive was issued to the QC People’s Law Enforcement Board (PLEB) following statements from the driver, Wilfredo Gonzales, indicating that he and the cyclist had already resolved the matter and reached an agreement.
“We are appealing to the complainant to come forward so that Willy Gonzalez, whom I consider a menace to society, is held accountable,” Belmonte said.
“We want to assure the cyclist that we will extend legal assistance, as well as put him and his family in our protection so that justice is served. I will not allow this case to be whitewashed,” she added.
Belmonte expressed concern that the cyclist might feel apprehensive, considering that he had taken action against an individual associated with the government.
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On Sunday, Gonzales turned himself into the authorities after a video depicting him using offensive language, physically assaulting, and brandishing a gun at a cyclist gained widespread attention on social media.
“This culture of impunity is not acceptable in QC and I have a duty and responsibility to maintain peace and order in our city and to send a strong message that acts such as those committed shall not be tolerated and that he must be held accountable,” Belmonte said.
Belmonte mentioned that if the cyclist decides to step forward, the local government unit (LGU) is prepared to file various charges, including grave threat, slander by deed, reckless imprudence, physical injuries, and violation of Republic Act 10591, which pertains to the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
Belmonte also announced that the LGU will enhance bike lanes’ security and increase bike patrol deployment.
“We would like to reassure the cycling community and all our citizens for that matter that the city is willing to exhaust all means to demonstrate to them that we will act in their interest and in the pursuit of justice,” she said.