VETO OF THE PROPOSED ECOZONE BILL. Governor Daniel R. Fernando said the construction of Bulacan airport is still a go and it is not in any way affected by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s veto of the bill creating a special economic zone and freeport in the PHP740 billion airport being built on a 2,500-hectare land in Barangay Taliptip, Bulakan, this province. He said that the two projects are separate entities. (Photo by Manny Balbin)

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – Governor Daniel R. Fernando said on Tuesday the construction of Bulacan airport will still push through and is not in any way affected by the veto of the bill creating a special economic zone and freeport in the PHP740 billion airport being built on a 2,500-hectare land in Barangay Taliptip, Bulakan this province.

Fernando said the two projects are separate entities as he agreed that more time is needed for careful study, evaluation, and review of the proposed special economic zone.

"Tama naman at dapat ay rebyuhin ito, tingnan muna at rebisahin at wala naman masama sa intensyon ni Pangulong (Ferdinand) Marcos (Jr.) at nirerespeto natin ang kaniyang pahayag (It is right that the proposed special economic zone must be reviewed, look first and revise and President Marcos has no bad intention. We respect his statement)," Fernando said in social media post.

Fernando said he is grateful and positive about the huge developments in the province.

He said that foreign investors have nothing to worry about since Bulacan has a lot to offer in terms of business locations.

“Hindi nito maaapektuhan ang foreign investors dahil may mga site pa naman na pwedeng paglagyan ng foreign investments. Wala akong nakikitang dahilan para umatras sila. Still welcome sila sa Bulacan (This would not affect the foreign investors because there are still sites where foreign investments can be put up. I see no reason for them to back down. They are still welcome in Bulacan),” he said.

The governor also said that there is no politics involved in the President's move.

"Wala pong pulitika dito, kapakanan po ng taumbayan ang layunin ng Pangulo (There is no politics here. The President’s goal is the welfare of the people)," he added.

Even Senator Joel Villaneuva also said he respects the decision of the President to veto the bill.

Villanueva said he would study to refile the proposal at the opening of the 19th Congress on July 25, 2022. (PNA)