Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Saturday said he and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso have buried the hatchet after he criticized the latter over his comments on the alleged lack of aid for Manileños who have been relocated to Naic town.
“Guys stop. We are not quarreling anymore. We’ve fixed things so let’s move on,” Remulla said in a tweet.
The Manila Mayor called on Friday to explain his side, Remulla told ABS-CBN News in a text message.
“We had an understanding that in these stressful times we often say things we shouldn’t have,” he said.
Remulla earlier released a statement on Facebook, calling Domagoso ambitious and a braggart after the mayor said in an interview that Manila residents who were relocated to Naic, a town in the governor’s turf, have not been given pandemic aid since they were not yet registered voters of Cavite.
Domagoso has “promised” to call Naic Mayor Jun Dualan “to explain,” the Cavite governor said.
Domagoso’s office has yet to respond to queries about the issue.
The former actor, known by his screen name as Isko Moreno, had lamented that some 1,000 families from Manila did not receive cash aid for the pandemic after relocating to the government’s housing program in Cavite.
Remulla addressed the Manila mayor “Yorme” – the latter’s pet name – in his social media post that many were aware of his presidential ambitions, and while he was not yet there, the former film actor was already arrogant.
“If all that you need is to be popular, you do not have to step on the Caviteños... You are not yet the President yet you are already very arrogant,” said Remulla, grandson of the film star Ramon Revilla Sr.
Remulla said he was only defending Dualan, who Domagoso allegedly “castigated” in a media interview for the lack of aid for former Manileños.
Manila has an annual budget of P20 billion, while Naic only receives P380 million from the government every year, Remulla said.
Remulla, in his post titled “persona non grata,” said wherever people originally were from, the moment they relocated to Cavite they were already considered Caviteños and all the basic services were extended to them.
“We are already overburdened. Do not use us as stepping stone in your overeagerness to gain fame. Do not train your guns on Caviteños because we will not cave in,” Remulla said.