(UPDATED) Netizens took to social media to air their complaints on the official announcement that classes are not suspended in Quezon City, Thursday.
At about 4:20 AM, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte announced in a lengthy Facebook post that the local government decided not to suspend classes in the city.
The vice mayor also said parents can exercise their prerogative to keep their kids at home.
In an interview with DZMM, the vice mayor asserted that the local government will not suspend classes based on "bandwagon effect."
"I expect we will be bashed to death later by the public, simply because one cannot please everyone. Earlier Myke (DRRMO's Michael Marasigan) asked me if we should just be politicians - declare no classes like everybody else - then go to bed and sleep soundly. But later we decided that even if we risk our careers, we need to, in good faith, try to do the right thing," she said.
Negative comments then started to arise after the announcement.
Netizens also aired their concerns for the well-being of their children.
In another Facebook post, Belmonte addressed her bashers, and admitted she could have done better before finalizing the plan to not declare cancellation of classes. She also lauded the decision of barangay disaster risk reduction management committees (BDRRMC) to declare localized suspensions due to the heavy rains.
Meanwhile, some residents are looking for Mayor Herbert Bautista, who is on a trip to Japan and designated Belmonte to be the acting mayor from July 24-28.
However, there are netizens who shrugged off the announcement.
Most of Metro Manila and nearby provinces have announced suspension of classes due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Gorio.
Here's the complete list of class suspensions.