This is in reaction to an article published in the Manila Standard
titled “A Tribute to Whom?” written by Charlie Manalo.
Allow me to go straight to the point, The most critical issue in the article is the unfair accusation that Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte deliberately approved and signed the Certificate of Exception denominated as Resolution 7716 Series of 2017.
Perhaps Mr. Manalo should first try to get his facts straight before putting out such piece—unless the mistake in his article was deliberate. If he had taken the time to at least look at the copy of the said Resolution, he would have written his article differently.
But we are in a democracy and Mr. Manalo can very well cite press freedom for his article. Our only hope is for Mr. Manalo to understand a few very important facts. I hope he would be clear that Resolution 7176 was passed unanimously by the Quezon City Council and the presiding officer at that time was Councilor Mayen Juico.
The key word is “unanimously.” So why is Vice Mayor Joy being singled out by Charlie Manalo? Where did Mr. Manalo base his attacks and his malicious accusation that Vice Mayor Joy, by herself alone, approved and signed the resolution? I will no more justify the other allegations in Mr. Manalo’s article. I will just take exception to his last sentence.
Fortunately, his article will have no negative effect on the mayoralty candidacy of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte who is the overwhelming favorite of the Quezon City residents to win the election.
ATTY ANTONIO ARIEL ENRILE-INTON JR
Lawyer for Joy Belmonte
Unit 4-A Greenhills Garden Square Condominium
Santolan Avenue Bagong Lipunan ng Crame