CAVITE – Governor Jonvic C. Remulla defended on Friday (April 23) Naic Mayor Jun Dualan over Mayor Isko Moreno’s remarks about the late distribution or lack of financial assistance to former Manila residents who were relocated to Naic.
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno spoke on the issue during the groundbreaking of the Manila Mega COVID Field Hospital in Rizal Park on April 20, 2021.
“Style kasi ng trapong politiko ‘yan eh ‘yung botante, hindi botante, sa totoo lang, everytime na nakakarinig ako ng mga politiko na nagtatanong kung botante… medyo para akong may cotton buds sa tenga. Kasi parang hindi maganda eh, paano kung hindi nakaboto edi hindi na nakakuha ng ayuda at all? (It’s the style of traditional politicians, asking if the person is a voter or not, the truth is, every time I hear politicians asking if the person is a voter, it’s like I have cotton buds stuck in my ears. That’s not good – if the person can’t vote, then they can’t get financial aid at all),” Moreno said.
“Madalas kong naririnig ‘yan eh, na kino-complain nga ‘yung mayor na ‘yan. Ako, may payo naman ako, tutal doon na sila nakatira. O next time magpa-rehistro na sila doon sa bayan na ‘yon hindi dahil para iboto ‘yong loko-loko na ‘yon kasi pangit talaga. (I often hear complaints against that mayor. I advise the residents since they’re now living there. Next time, register yourself so that you wouldn’t vote that mad person),” he added.
In a Facebook post, Remulla said 1,092 families of informal settlers from Manila were welcomed by Naic to live in the housing project initiated by the National Housing Authority (NHA). The governor laid out numbers comparing the two local government units (LGU), including Manila’s financial assistance allocation of P1.5 billion against Naic’s P115.8 million.
“Yung sinasabi ni Yorme na hindi binigyan ng SAP ang mga galing Maynila? Ito ay dahil kulang ang ibinigay ng National Government ayon sa kada-pamilya na apektado (Yorme’s claim that relocatees from Manila weren’t given SAP? It’s because the budget from the National Government according to affected families isn’t enough),” Remulla said.
“Ang bilang ng SAP ay ayon sa 2015 census. Ibig sabihin, ang SAP na para sa 1,092 pamilya ay naka-pondo po ngayon sa Maynila at hindi sa Naic. Lumipat lamang ang mga pamilya na ito noong 2019. Kaya’t sinong Mayor ang may hawak ng pera?! (The SAP allocation is based on the 2015 census. That means the SAP budget for 1,092 families is under Manila and not Naic. The families only relocated in 2019. So, who is the mayor who holds the money?!),” he added.
Remulla also asked Moreno not to claim that Naic LGU is not assisting the relocatees who are now considered Caviteños, stating that they are studying in primary education schools and state universities for free and that they are provided with all the basic services.
“Yorme, alam ng lahat ang ambisyon mong maging Pangulo. Wala namang isyu don. Libre mangarap ang kahit sino. Pero sana ay huwag mong tapakan ang iba para lamang umangat ka. Hindi ka pa nga Pangulo ay ang yabang mo na, (Yorme, everyone knows your ambition to become the President. There’s no issue there. Dreaming is free for everyone. But don’t step on others to elevate yourself. You’re not even President yet and you’re already arrogant),” Remulla ranted.
The governor also said that Mayor Isko should look at the whole picture first before making baseless remarks.
“Hirap na hirap na nga kami dito, kami pa ang ginawa mong rason dahil sa pagka-atat mong sumikat. Sana, pag-aralan mo muna ang suliranin bago ka magpuputak ng walang kwenta. Kung pagpapasikat lang ang gusto mo? Hindi mo kailangan mang-apak ng Caviteño. Wag kaming mga Caviteño ang pag-initan mo. Hindi ka namin uurungan. (We’re suffering here and yet you’re using us for your clamor to become popular. You should look at the crisis first before you say worthless statements. If you want popularity, you don’t need to step on Caviteños. Don’t pick on us Caviteños. We’re not backing down on you),” the governor added.
Moreno didn’t address Remulla’s remarks on The Capital Report streamed live through Facebook evening of Friday (April 23). However, he talked about getting requests for assistance from former Manila residents who are now living in provinces.
“Marami tayong relocatees, na-relocate, napunta sa iba’t ibang probinsya. Gusto ko lang pong ipaalam sa inyo, umabot po sa 2,200 families ang nabigyan natin sa different provinces na humingi ng tulong sa Maynila. Masaya po kami na kami’y naging bahagi ng kaluluwagan nyo sa buhay (We have many relocatees, those who were relocated in different provinces. I just wanted you to know that we’ve assisted 2,200 families in different provinces who asked for help from Manila. We’re happy to have been a part of your relief),” Moreno said.