Gov. Jonvic Remulla
By Junex Doronio
SILANG, Cavite — Stressing that he always believes in mandates, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Tuesday, September 29, said he would like to see President Rodrigo Roa Duterte finish his term as he firmly opposes any move to postpone the constitutionally-mandated presidential, national and local elections on May 9, 2022.
“Sa gitna ng pandemya kung saan ang gutom at hirap ay hindi na masukat, ngayon pa sumabay ang mga walang konsensyang politico na puno ng drama at propaganda,” Remulla quipped, apparently referring to House Deputy Majority Leader Mikey Arroyo of Pampanga who had claimed that he just merely asked the Comelec if it is possible to postpone the 2022 polls due to the pandemic.
The governor said he believes that the people should support the President until June 30, 2022 and/or until after his successor is chosen.
Remulla lamented that 19 months to go before the 2022 elections a lot of issues have been happening that only caused animosity between friends and relatives.
He cited as examples: “The white sands were approved faster than aid to the poor” and “the national budget is not reflective of the needs of the pandemic…” and, of course, Arroyo’s seeming innocent question to the poll body.
He added that such issues are misplaced in the face of 3 out of 10 Filipinos (30.7% or an estimated 7.6 million households) are experiencing involuntary hunger on a daily basis, according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Station (SWS).
“Isipin natin: Tama ba na ipakita naming mga opisyal sa gobyerno ang patuloy na hindi pagkakasundo sa mga alituntunin at dapat gawin para tulungan ang bansa na malagpasan ang pagsubok na dala ng Covid-19?” Remulla asked.
The governor pointed out the need to survive as one as “we battle this pandemic” and “most importantly, I believe that the May 2022 national elections should push through. Let the voice of the people be heard.”
“Kaya dito na lang ako sa Cavite. Sa aming lalawigan, lahat ay nagtutulungan. Wala sa amin ang nagtitirahan, patalikod man o paharap (except na lang don sa isang Barangay … whoops … 😅),” Remulla added in a jest.