Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Thursday (September 2) posted a critique of the government’s pandemic response and spoke up against officials who were indulging in cheap rhetoric and pointless disputes, instead of showing leadership in the face of the pandemic.
In a post he titled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” the governor said that leaders were not elected to “drown in the illusion of power,” but rather to protect the rights of their citizens.
“Nothing lasts forever, as they say. Let us not abuse the patience of the people on cheap talk and arguments that won’t lead to anything,” he went on to say in Filipino.
Remulla also urged fellow officials to avoid ridiculing each other and focus on the situation of the country instead.
“When did mockery shed light on issues just so we can avoid issues that need answers? First, there was someone who was described as a callboy. Later on, a lawmaker was advised to lose weight. There were also arguments on someone’s hairdo and on aging the other way,” he added.
He ended his post with the statement: “The people are desperate for LEADERSHIP. The people are demoralized and in need of a SOLUTION. The people are disheartened and in need of a VISION that includes a plan for RECOVERY and ACTION. There is no time to waste.”
Though the Cavite governor did not drop names, it can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte resorted to jabs against Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s sexy photos as an actor, Senator Richard Gordon’s girth, and Senator Panfilo Lacson’s hairstyle.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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