MANILA - Actor Robin Padilla has reacted to Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla's appeal to include middle-income families in the government's social amelioration program.
Padilla, a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, took to his Instagram to react to Remulla's appeal.
"Sir Governor alam ni mayor PRRD ang ginagawa niya hindi puedeng sabay sabay sa isang bagsakan dahil limitado rin ang resources ng bansa," Padilla wrote in the caption.
Padilla also claimed that the government is giving the working class a tax break to help them cope with the crisis.
He also said the government needs to prioritize poor families because they need more help.
"Plague ito Governor kapag hindi naalagaan ang disiplina kapakanan at kalusugan ng mga mahihirap kapag hindi sila inuna expect death on a massive scale," he added.
Padilla said he expects Remulla to continue supporting the President once everything goes back to normal.
"Kaya po sir governor kung sakaling ipahintulot pa ng Panginoon na makabalik pa tayo sa dating mundo aasahan ko ang muli mong pagtindig at paglutang kapag kakasahan na muli ni mayor PRRD ang mga oligarchs dahil ang makapagbibigay lamang ng kaginhawaan sa buhay ng mga middle class ay ang tamang sueldo tamang benepisyo at tamang karapatan para sa mga manggggawa/middle class," he wrote.
Responding to the actor, Remulla said he is saddened that Padilla took offense at his suggestion for help for middle class families.
"Nakakalungkot na minasama mo ang aking panawagan sa ating pangulo. Pag nasa realidad na buhay ka ay durugo ang puso mo para sa mga nahihirapan. Hinde po namin iniisip na makipag-away kahit kanino. Wala pong oligarch, wala pong mahirap, wala pong makapangyarihan sa mata ng Covid. Ako lamang ay nagpanayam sa ating pangulo na baka sakali matugunan niya ang pangangailangan ng middle class," Remulla wrote on Facebook.
He also said it was not his intention to add to the burden of the President, but reiterated that the current COVID-19 crisis can affect anyone and as governor, he cannot just turn his back on his constituents.
"Hinde po naman namin intensyon na makadagdag pa sa problema ng Pangulo. Nasa balikat niya ang bigat ng problema ng lagpas isang daan milyon Pilipino. Ngunit di ko rin naman kayang talikuran ang kahirapan sa aming mga lansangan. Kailangan bigyan ng boses ang walang kakayahan pumasok ng Malacanang. Wala pong take-two sa krisis ng Covid. Pag ikaw ay tinamaan ng matinde ay pack-up shooting na ang buhay mo. Kaya araw-araw, solusyon na praktikal sa problemang radikal ang aming hinahanap," Remulla said.
Remulla, likewise, appealed for cooperation during these trying times.
"Idol, di ko po kayo kaya sa larangan ng action. Matanda na po ako at makunat na ang aking mga buto. Sana po magtulungan na lang tayo. Ako na bahala sa mga tao ko. Ipaglalaban ko sila hanggang kamatayan. But please don’t waste the people’s time by engaging in talk that does not help. People are suffering. They are hungry. They are insecure about what the future brings. The least we can do is to give them hope of surviving another day and give them the sincerity of service that they expect," he wrote.
"I am one with the President as you are. I serve at his pleasure and I am committed to the people of Cavite," Remulla added.
Remulla earlier appealed to Duterte to include the middle class families in the government's social amelioration program, adding that they are those "who have climbed their way up in life."
Duterte welcomed Remulla's suggestion, but admitted that the government does not have enough funds.
The social amelioration program is a 2-month emergency subsidy intended for the poorest of the poor affected by the COVID-19.
The Department of Budget and Management last Friday released an initial P100 billion to fund the state's cash aid program.
It will cover the first of 2 months of social amelioration for 18 million households, as called for under the Philippines' coronavirus response law, Bayanihan to Heal as One.