Smarting over his apparent falling out with the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla held a meeting with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Pasay City on Friday reportedly to formalize his support for the latter’s presidential bid.
Remulla, a known supporter and one of the appointed spokesmen of Binay, did the not so surprising switch after weeks of speculation and his absence in several events in the province where Binay and his United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party were present.
The meeting was held immediately after Remulla returned from the United States for a trip with his family.
However, Remulla was evasive on confirming or denying his reported support for Duterte, and his dumping of Binay. No one from his office or people close to him would also officially speak about the specifics of his meeting with the Davao mayor.
A reliable source of The Manila Times privy to Remulla’s camp said the governor was not in tune with one of the advisers of Binay and felt being left out of the loop in some crucial decisions.
The same source said that while the governor did not verbalize his impending move to Duterte’s camp, his elder brother Representative Crispin “Boying” Remulla was more specific with local officials and political leaders as to their new presidential choice.
“Bahala na kayo kung sino presidente ‘nyo” ["It’s your call who your president is”], Remulla was heard telling the mayors and village chieftains.
But Boying was more specific with their allied local leaders, that they will be supporting Duterte.
Crispin replaced Jonvic as the gubernatorial bet in January after the latter was named spokesman of Binay.