Richard Gomez: ‘Who told the President that I didn’t want to accept OFWs?’

Richard Gomez questioned this information that reached the President

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez has this fiery statement in his recent Instagram post regarding the protocol issues in Balik Probinsya Program.

Through the said program, overseas Filipino workers are being assisted by the government in returning to their homes amid the community quarantine due to the COVID-19.

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📷: Inquirer

However, Gomez recently complained that the agencies that are involved in the said program did not coordinate with him properly. He stressed in his Facebook post on May 25 that they received the information that OFWs arrived at Palo, Leyte on the same day. “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,” he said.

Following this, the Ormoc Mayor answered the statement of Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo saying that he was “nataranta”. In his Instagram post, Gomez answered elaborately the points being thrown to his previous statement.

Based on the report Manila Bulletin, late Thursday night, President Rodrigo Duterte has this statement about Mayor Richard Gomez: “I don’t have any quarrel with Richard Gomez. He was the one who said that he is not going to accept anybody from entering or leaving the place. Okay man lang ‘yan (That’s okay). It’s part of maybe the vigilance that a person nurtures in his heart of how to do it.”

In line with what the Chief Executive said, Rappler’s “fact-check” rated the said statement against the Ormoc City Mayor as “false”.

Gomez, shared the screenshot of the said fact-check and he wrote this in the caption of his post: “Then we wonder who told the President that I didn’t want to accept OFWs?”

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