Quantcast
Latest Stories

Gwen won’t give up governor’s seat

By ,

VICE Gov. Agnes Magpale takes her oath as acting governor of Cebu province. CARMEL LOUISE MATUS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

CEBU CITY—Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia refused to heed the six-month suspension order issued by the Office of the President after she was found guilty of  grave abuse of authority, calling it “power grab.”

She told a news conference at the capitol building on Wednesday that she issued an executive order announcing that she remains to be governor and that all provincial government employees should follow her.

She said she issued the order “just to clear the confusion.” “I am the chief executive of this provincial government and our department heads shall follow orders from the duly elected and duly installed governor with a mandate from the Cebuano people,” said the defiant Garcia.

“This is plain and simple power grab. What they are doing is clearly an abuse of power,” she said.

Garcia said suspending her for six months was tantamount to removing her from office.

“That it is imposed five months before an election, in which the ruling party is making a bid for this office, to ensure that a party member and ruling party candidate [and  sister of a Cabinet secretary] sits at the helm of the province during the election period, drowns out the feeble legal arguments upon which the entire case rests,” she said.

She was referring to Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, the sister of Secretary Rene Almendras, who belongs to President Aquino’s inner circle. Magpale is running for vice governor under the Liberal Party with former Councilor Hilario Davide III as governor.

But the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Central Visayas said it will recognize only Magpale as acting Cebu governor.

Ananias Villacorta, DILG director for Central Visayas, said he has issued notices to government offices to recognize Magpale as acting governor.

The suspension is a result of a complaint filed by the late Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez in 2010 against Garcia, accusing Garcia of cutting the vice governor’s budget by 61 percent and stripping the vice governor of authority to appoint staffers and consultants.

In her defense, Garcia said that under the Local Government Code, she had authority to appoint employees and allot funds.

Sanchez died of cancer on April 29, 2010, while the case was still pending.

Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas issued a memorandum directing Garcia to comply with the suspension order.

At least 200 supporters of Garcia assembled at the capitol grounds. Tents were put up and busloads of supporters were brought in, carrying placards with the words “We love Cebu. Junk Suspension.”

Garcia was not around when the suspension order was served. Her chief of staff, Elizabeth Francia, refused to receive the order, which was posted at the door of the governor’s office.

Vice Governor Magpale took her oath as acting governor at another building in the capitol compound.

Julian Daan, provincial board member, took an oath as acting vice governor.

In a news conference, the Garcia said that as far as she was concerned, she had not received a copy of her suspension order and would continue exercising the powers of the governor.

She said it puzzled her why the case survived the death of the complainant and the mandated 120-day period within which all administrative cases shall be terminated.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Cebu , Gwendolyn Garcia , Politics




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  2. Chinese lawyers say they were tortured by police
  3. Hair salon’s Kim Jong Un poster riles embassy
  4. Siquijor ‘healer’: For every cure, there’s a plant
  5. State seeks guilty verdict for Abalos
  6. Why college grads end up in the PNP
  7. Estrada: I will pray for my detractors
  8. Miraculous image makes Gapan City top site for pilgrimage in Central Luzon
  9. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  10. Five men from Cavite found dead in jeep in Batangas
  1. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  2. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  3. Netizens cry: 6/55 Lotto was rigged
  4. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  5. ‘Wife of Jesus’ theory papyrus not fake – Harvard study
  6. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  7. Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student
  8. ‘King’ Yabut and I: Driver bares Makati dad ‘abuses’
  9. It was difficult having Japanese blood
  10. Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Pork payoffs to newscasters Erwin Tulfo, Del Prado, others bared
  4. UP back on top as ‘average’ student aces bar
  5. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  6. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  7. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  8. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  9. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  10. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
Advertisement

News

  • Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter
  • Fears grow for hundreds missing in South Korea ferry capsize
  • Robot sub makes first complete search for plane
  • uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN
  • DPWH allots P1.2 trillion for PH roads
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement