Davide dares Garcias: Disclose bank accounts

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Right after filing a complaint against Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, gubernatorial candidate Hilario “Junjun” Davide III is going after his rival’s father and younger brother.

Davide wants Representatives. Pablo Garcia and Pablo John Garcia of Cebu’s 2nd and 3rd districts respectively to disclose their bank accounts “for the sake of transparency.”

“I’m not accusing them of anything as yet. I’m just telling them that we disclose our bank accounts. I’m anticipating that they will not do it),” Davide told reporters yesterday.

Davide, Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and Provincial Board (PB) Member Arleigh Sitoy each filed separate complaints against Garcia in relation to the recent backfilling of limestone on the 24.7 hectare Capitol-owned Balili property last Friday.

“I think I’m just fed up. I think so are most of the Cebuanos. We could not stomach anymore what they (Garcias) are doing,” he said in a press conference at Manrose Plaza in Cebu City yesterday.

The three questioned the backfilling of the Balili property in barangay Tina-an, Naga City, saying the property is still the subject of a graft case involving the governor and seven others before the Sandiganbayan.

They also sought the governor’s preventive suspension in relation to the case.

Davide is running for governor next year under the Liberal Party (LP) banner against Pablo John.

Davide said the release of P27 million for the restoration works at the Balili property would cause “tremendous great damage and prejudice” to the province since the PB has not approved any budget for this purpose.

He also alleged that no bidding was held for the backfilling activity.  Governor Garcia earlier said the backfilling was part of Capitol’s plans to develop the Balili property as a secured landfill to hold coal ash waste.

She said the province applied with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority to classify the Balili property as an economic zone and there was no need for authorization from the Provincial Board to restore the property.

The governor vowed to present a copy of the contract for the backfilling during a Powerpoint presentation on the Balili property development this Tuesday.  But Davide said he won’t attend the governor’s presentation.

He said politics has nothing to do with the filing of the complaint against the governor.

Bad faith

Davide reiterated his challenge for him and the Garcias to open their bank accounts for transparency.

Davide said the backfilling of the submerged portions of the Balili property was done in bad faith.

He said the conversion on the Balili property violated the Phillipine Fisheries Code of 1998 which prohibits illegal conversion of mangrove areas into non-mangrove areas.

“I challenge the governor to reveal the actual financial condition of the province. What are the expenditures of the provincial government? The public deserves to know where their money went in the spirit of transparency,” Davide said. /Ador Vincent Mayol and Joy Cherry Quito

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKBW2BZX34JXQUSVAMZVKCLNAU TagaDumantay

    Davide should disclosed first his bank account & SALN before asking others to do so. Lead by example.

    • gerp

      tama!

    • ramser

      Probably you did not read the article fully or you have failed to understand it.
      ” I’m just telling them that we disclose our bank accounts” – that is a quote and hope the summary helps…

  • DennisApolinario

    The case should also include Winston Garcia. He should divulge his total assets and bank accounts before and after his very fruitful stint at GSIS courtesy of GMA.

  • santamaria_63

    Take note the Garcia’s before are empty, relatively poor. Yung ang malaking mali ni ex-Gov. Lito Osmeña why he choose Pabling against Tingting de la Serna? TingTing is not corrupt and is good in terms of good governance. Hindi niya alam na ” HALIMAW” pala yung mga Garcia’ng ito.  Although their father is bar topnotcher si Manoy Pabling ay wala track record for winning celebrated   cases. Buti pa nga yung si Atty. Ade Sitoy ang ama ni PB Arleigh Sitoy. That is why he is challenging Cong. PJ for a debate regarding the Balili issue whether PJ is correct using the term ” reclamation ‘ or Ade is also correct using  the ” term” reclamation. At si Atty. Jun2 Davide naman is correct in his position to challenge the Garcia’s to open their bank accounts. Please include Winston, Gwendoling, Byron and others. Ang mga pera sa kanila ay nandoon pa rin sa CFI Cooperative. 

  • Luthmar

    COA should seriously and filly audit the govt. offices that the Garcias run.  They will never reveal, on their own, what’s happening in their respective offices, particular what’s in in the govt. coffers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WTWVIN3CO2I6ZVEJYAKLVD32SM Xavier Xp

    it’s time to change the governance in the province of Cebu. Junk the garcia political dynasty. were surfeit on your governance.nakakasawa na kayo.kapal ng mga mukha niyo mga corrupt. habang tumatagal kayo jan lalong walang nangyayari sa cebu….wake up cebuano people..it’s time to make a change. yong bago na namn ang ilagay natin jan sa pwesto…ATTY DAVIDE III he’s capable enough and very deserving to be our governor in cebu. not corrupt 

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