According to the Office of the Vice President (OVP), Vice President Sara Duterte was not the reason why vehicles were stopped on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City this Thursday morning.
The OVP issued a statement after a video went viral on social media of what happened to stop the flow of traffic on Commonwealth Avenue because “VP” was about to cross, according to a police officer.
“May dadaan po tayong VIP. Si VP. Ko-cross lang po saglit,” said the police as seen in the video posted on X (Twitter) shared by former Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casino.
According to Casino, the video was sent by an ex-military man.
The OVP said Duterte is in Mindanao for the World Teacher’s Day celebration and other activities.
“The Vice President did not ask QCPD and will never ask government agencies, including law enforcement bodies, to carry out actions that would inconvenience the public or cause them harm,” said OVP.
“The viral video is spreading injurious information that is purely grounded in falsity,” it added.
VP Duterte denies being cause of traffic in Commonwealth Ave QC
Duterte called on the Quezon City Police District to investigate what happened and hold those responsible accountable, “including the liability of the person who took the video and maliciously appended the traffic stop to the Vice President.”
According to the vice president, the QCPD should correct the mistake and expose to the public who the “VIP” was that caused the cars to be stopped.
In a statement on social media, the QCPD Public Information Office apologized for the incident.
“The said incident stemmed from a confusion and lapse in judgment of our policeman manning the traffic during that time. It appears that our policeman overreacted when he stopped the traffic for a few minutes, because of misleading information he overheard,” according to the QCPD.
The policeman captured in the video said that he made a mistake when he heard the VP, so he stopped the vehicles “as a sign of courtesy and security.”
VP Duterte is also said to have no activity in the area.