Public School teacher in hot water for posting seditious statements over delay in the distribution of relief items in Gensan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY- A public school teacher is facing sedition charges after she called on the public in the social media  to storm the city gymnasium where the food packs are being stored for distribution to the different barangays of the city.

Operatives of the PNP-Cyber Crime Group  arrested Friday night the suspect, Juliet Espinosa, 55 at their residence in Gensanville Subdivision after she posted on Facebook some provoking statements which read: "Maraming mamamatay sa gutom if hindi tayo magtutulong-tulong na magreport sa Pangulo na inutil ang ating Mayor.... Panawagan sa walang makain, sugurin 'nyo na nang sabay-sabay ang Lagao Gym. Nakatambak doon ang pagkaing para sa inyo." ( We will die in hunger if we will not report our incompetent mayor to the President. To those who could no longer eat , let’s storm the Lagao gymnasium where the relief goods are being kept.”

City legal officer Armand Clarin said Espinosa’s statement was tantamount to inciting to sedition which prompted the city government to deploy policemen to guard the city gymnasium should the people storm the gym and raid the relief goods being kept at the area.   

The suspect’s son, Jhyzsear Eli Espinosa was also arrested after he prevented the  policemen from arresting his mother.

Clarin said he will be charged with disobedience to authority.

The suspects were detained at a police station while Juliet was later brought to the hospital after she experienced hypertension.

Clarin said the city government is taking legal actions against people who spread disinformation campaign on the social media amid the implementation of enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of Corona Virus Disease in the city.

“Criminal charges will also be filed  against people who shared Espinosa's post on Facebook,” Clarin said.

The seditious post on the social media came amid the delay in the distribution of some 46,000 food packs for the poor sector in the city’s 26 villages.

City social welfare officer Rebecca Magante said the city government is scheduled to distribute the relief goods on Tuesday next week through the respective barangay officials.

She said the delay in the distribution was attributed to the arrangement with barangay officials on how the food packs will be delivered to the beneficiaries.

He explained that the local government held a series of meetings with village officials on how to distribute the food packs  without compromising the safety of people who will distribute the relief goods

She said the relief items will be distributed per household to prevent people from queuing in barangay gymnasium.


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