Dino: I will keep on working

PRESIDENTIAL Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino has dismissed calls for him to resign from his post for his alleged failure to properly manage the Covid-19 situation in the region, particularly in Cebu.

In a press conference on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Dino stood pat on his earlier pronouncement that Cebu is the “most prepared city” in the country in terms of its Covid-19 response.

Dino blamed the Cebuanos’ alleged lack of discipline for the rising coronavirus cases here.

“Without discipline, no matter how the City is prepared, we will never be prepared as long as there is no discipline on the ground; zero, impossible,” he said.

Dino recalled the purchase of 50,000 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits for Cebu, personal protective equipment and Covid beds last March.

He also mentioned the three quarantine centers: Bayanihan Cebu Field Center at the old Sacred Heart School for Boys campus; the IEC Field Center, and the Cebu City Quarantine Center at the North Reclamation Area which have a combined capacity of around 300 beds.

“Only Tomas Osmeńa people want me to resign. As long as I have the trust and confidence of the President, I will keep on working,” Dino said.

He said if the complaints against him were true, he must have already been summoned by President Rodrigo Duterte to the Malacañang Palace on the very first month of the Covid-19 crisis.

“You cannot fool the President. (There are) a lot of intelligence officers here. The numbers will not lie, so check,” Dino said.

Following Dino’s statement, one of his staunch critics former Provincial Capitol consultant, Byron Garcia, posted on Facebook: “Naunsa ka Mikey (Dino) dili lang Tomas people ha? Ako ug ang ‘village people’ gusto pud mo resign ka ui.”

Garcia has linked Dino to alleged anomalies in the procurement of Covid-19 test kits for the tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

Dino has denied his office had anything to do with the purchase of test kits by the Cebu City Government, saying he only provides support to local government units and does not get involved in procurement dealings. (WBS)