Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla refuted Friday claims that he is fighting the government and not cooperating with the implementation of national policies against the COVID-19 crisis.
“Fake news po na ako ay lumalaban sa gobyerno dahil hindi kami nagkakatugma ng pananaw tungkol dito sa paano magpatakbo dito sa krisis,” Remulla said at a televised Palace briefing. “Huwag ho kayong maniniwala na humihiwalay po ako.”
(It is fake news that I am against the government because we do not agree on how to run in this crisis. Please do not believe that I am breaking up from the national government.)
Remulla said Cavite’s local government supports the measures the national government is implementing to address the pandemic that plunged the economy to a recession and affected over 100,000 in the country.
“Ang Cavite po, ang inyong lingkod po ay nakikiisa sa ating Pangulo at nakikiisa sa IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) kung ano man ang kanilang mga patakaran,” Remulla said.
(Cavite, your servant, cooperates with our President and works with the IATF, whatever their policies are.)
Remulla had expressed the need for a budget in the Department of Education’s learning modalities. The governor said Cavite province needs at least P5 billion for this modular type of learning.
He also questioned the timing of amending the Constitution, noting that the government’s focus should be on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Remulla was also among those who called on to the national government to allow back-riding when it was banned in the province.
“Nagko-concentrate ang lalawigan ngayon ay para sa educational plan na ginagawa namin para sa school year 2020 and 2021. Ang aming project po sa susunod na buwan ay ilalaunch po namin ang free wifi program para sa lahat ng mga estudyanteng pampubliko ng ating lalawigan,” Remulla said.
(The province is now concentrating on the educational plan we are working on for the school year 2020 and 2021. Our project next month is to launch the free wifi program for all the public students of our province.)
“Ito po ay unlimited para sa ating mga estudyante ngunit doon sa mga educational applications lamang. Ito po ay libre, ito po ay gastos ng lalawigan at ito po ay gagamitin din para sa kontra COVID,” he added.
(This is unlimited for our students but only for educational applications. It is free, the province will pay for it, and it will also be used to fight COVID.)