Sa kanyang public address noon ika-28 ng Mayo, may mensahe si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte kay Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez.
Magugunita na umalma si Gomez sa Balik Probisya Program ng gobyerno.
“DILG, NHA, OWWA, what happened to all the protocols that you guys are trying to formulate for returning residents?!!!
I just would like to share what is happening right now about this Balik Probinsya program.
This morning the DILG regional office and OWWA texted, “texted”, us informing us that there are 3 planes arriving in Tacloban and telling us to receive them without following Covid protocols, undocumented and untested.
We have kept our city Covid-free for more than 70 days bec of strict border controls and implementation of health protocols. Then here comes a TEXT from the National government agencies telling us that there are repatriates coming in our city and telling us to accept them?!
What happened to all the protocols that we’ve been working on? What happened their protocols that they have been telling us to do if they themselves are not doing the right thing?!
It only takes one infected person to get to our city to infect a hundred innocent people bec of carelessness from the national government agencies.
Where is the Nationa Task Force Covid Shield and the IATF in all of these?” boladas ni Gomez.
Hindi naman pinalampas ni Pangulong Duterte ang mga sinabi ni Gomez.
“I do not have any quarrel with Richard Gomez. He was the one who said that he’s not going to accept anybody from entering, or for that matter, leaving the place.
Okay man lang ‘yan. It’s part of maybe the vigilance that a person nurtures in his heart of how to do it. But you know there are also constitutional issues that are involved and those are sacred ones.
And for those who are not really pronounced to be infected positive, there’s no reason why you should not accept them especially those who are returning to their homes from doing a work abroad.
Kawawa naman kasi. So ‘yung constitutional right, there’s no — there’s no really a reason why you should not accept them with open arms. I think this has been understood by everybody. And — unless, well for one, if you are positive, you can stay with the place where government has to provide for the hospitalization.” resbak ni Pangulong Duterte.