QCPD absolves councilor of any health protocol breach following aid distribution

Published May 30, 2021, 7:30 PM

by Allysa Nievera

The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has cleared Quezon City councilor and majority floor leader Franz Pumaren of violation of any heath protocols after the food aid distribution that he organized in Barangay Old Balara last May 25.

Pumaren earlier said that around 6,000 people trooped to the area where they were distributing food assistance.

In a report, Batasan Police Station 6 said Pumaren coordinated with the QCPD, Batasan Police Station 6 and the office of Old Balara chairman, and also sought assistance for manning vehicular traffic.

“Considering the number of persons in the area, it would seem like there was a violation of social distancing if pictures or videos were taken,” the report stated.

“However, if there are violators, they were immediately accosted and informed of their violation.”

It noted that at least 97 people, including 11 policemen and 50 personnel of the councilor, manned the area to ensure minimum health and safety protocols were followed by attendees.

In addition, QCPD said the food aid distribution ended up orderly around 9 p.m. without any problem reported.

On May 26, Mayor Joy Belomonte issued a show-cause order to Pumaren to explain his side about the matter, which was complied by Pumaren.

In a statement, the city government said Belmonte’s move “is consistent with the city government’s policy of going after violators of established health and safety protocols as well as to hold them accountable for their actions, regardless of status or position.”

Belmonte reiterated her warning to Quezon City residents, including officials, that they will be prosecuted, without fear or favor, if they violate health regulations and endanger the safety of residents.