Garcia wants to meet President over diversion of MCIA flights to NAIA

Published May 28, 2021, 3:11 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

GARCIA (FB photo)
CEBU CITY – Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia intends to meet President Duterte following the order of the Malacanang to divert Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA)-bound international flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from May 29 to June 5.

Garcia, in an interview with local radio station dySS Friday morning, said she will present figures to the President to explain the COVID-19 situation in the province.

COVID-19 cases in Cebu have been on a downward trend.

As of May 27, the province only had 500 active cases out of the 15,482 confirmed cases.

Malacanang’s order to divert MCIA-bound international flights came after Garcia stood firm to enforce the Executive Order (EO) that she has issued in which returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arriving at MCIA need not undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine that was set by the Inter-Agency Task Force.

Under the governor’s EO, an OFW or ROFs arriving at MCIA can immediately go home if their COVID-19 test yields a negative result.

The Cebu governor said during the radio interview that she respects the Malacanang order.

“Well, I have no power over Metro Manila. My order is only for Cebu province,” she said.

The lady governor, however, hoped that the diversion of the flights will not be prolonged.

“I hope this will not take long because the airport will lose revenue and the Cebuanos will suffer,” Garcia said in Cebuano.

Garcia the order was met with opposition.

“Anyway, I saw the reaction of everyone, they were really angry,” she said.