As the election season approaches, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla announced on Thursday that he will not run for any national position in 2022.
Instead, Remulla expressed interest in running for Cavite’s highest office again, to secure his spot as provincial governor for the fourth time.
“I’m staying. Dito lang ako sa Cavite… The first thing I learned was that, personally, it’s not worth it. It’s too painful. The sacrifices are too great. There’s a lot na I know that I can do for the country but ‘yung trade off, masyadong mabigat,” Remulla said in an interview with News5’s Deretsahan.
Tagaytay City Councilor Althea Tolentino, daughter of Congressman Bambol Tolentino and Tagaytay City Mayor Agnes Tolentino, has been rumored to be the incumbent governor’s running mate.
Remulla has yet to declare who he will support in the presidential election, but he has previously stated that some presidential candidates have approached him, but he declined, preferring to focus on the issues at hand.
The governor was once a key ally of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, but he left his camp in April 2016 to support President Rodrigo Duterte.
Remulla on government’s COVID-19 response
At the same time, Remulla commented about the government’s response to the pandemic, asserting that the country is “late in the procurement game.”
“It’s very alarming sa bagal ng dating. Wala kasing playbook, ‘yan ang problema dito. We did not focus on the preventive side, on the curative side like the vaccines, building more hospital beds, having a longer lockdown and locking down our borders very early para ma-contain ‘yung virus,” Remulla stated.
When asked what he believes is wrong with the current administration, he said: “I think that the president campaigned on a single mandate of eliminating drugs, and peace and order. I don’t think it was in his mindset to handle a pandemic, and I don’t think that the people he chose were prepared to handle it either.”
The provincial leader also chastised those who allegedly profited while the country is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thumbnail photo via Jonvic Remulla Facebook page