“I wasn’t informed about the president’s visit here in Cavite ”
This was the initial reaction given by Gov. Jonvic Remula of Cavite when asked why he was absent during the visit of President Benigno Aquino 3rd in Cavite Thursday morning.
“No one informed me nor my office about the president’s visit, actually I was even surprised when I saw the convoy of PSG [Presidential Security Group] in Binakayan Elementary school in Kawit,” Remulla said in a phone interview.
Asked how he felt after the incident, “No hard feelings, basta nakakatulong sa aming mga kababayan dito sa Cavite, ok lang yon,” he said.
Remulla admitted he refrained from going to the President’s relief operation so as not to add commotion in the operation.
“Mahirap naman pumunta doon ng hindi ka ini-invite, kaya nag-distribute na lang ako ng relief goods sa ibang lugar,” Remulla added.
He also sent a statement thru text message saying, “My sincere apologies to the President for today’s no show. As much as I appreciate his concern and wanted to be part of his visit, I regret that I was neither informed nor invited by his staff.”
Remulla added that, “With all humility I’d like to thank him for his compassion in our time of need. Rest assured that if needed and tasked with anything, I shall be in the forefront of service.”
President Aquino visited flood victims in Tinabunan Elementary School and Binakayan National Highschool in Kawit Cavite Thursday without Remulla.
Aquino was instead welcomed by partymate and former Gov. Ayong Maliksi who lost to Remulla in the last elections. The President also campaigned against Remulla in favor of Maliksi.
Speaking before evacuees, Aquino assured the victims of the government’s support including the acquisition of a 50-hectare land where a flood-retarding basin would be placed.