Robredo recommended Gwen’s suspension


Jesse Robredo – the late former interior secretary who was hailed as a paragon of good governance – was the one who recommended that Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia be suspended from office for “grave abuse of authority.”

His decision dated July 26, 2012  or a month before he died was confirmed by the Office of the President who issued the suspension.

This was revealed yesterday by his successor, Manuel Roxas II, who denied  allegations that politics was behind Garcia’s six-month suspension.

“I try to disregard the allegation that this is just politics because this is a legal, orderly implementation of a legitimate and legal order coming from the Office of the President,” he said, “but I think it’s wrong to say that this are all just politics. Instead of claiming that politics is the motive behind this, why not just answer the complaint because this is based on facts and evidence.”

Roxas said it took Malacanang two years before meting out the sanction on the governor. Robredo likewise did not want to be accused of using the DILG to harass allies of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Robredo, former mayor of Naga City in Camarines Sur, perished in a plane crash after visiting Cebu in August. Roxas  clarified that the order suspending Garcia did not come from his office, but was issued by the Office of the President  “after going through the normal process.”

“This process started in November 2010 (when the complaint was filed against Garcia). If we did not act on this, we might be accused of dereliction of duty because somebody filed a complaint,” he said.

Roxas also denied insinuations that the Liberal Party was going after governors of vote-rich provinces who had allied themselves with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) after the DILG started its investigation of Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. /From an Inquirer report

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  • walangutak

    Most provinces that have corrupt governors are allied with the then PGMA, being so corrupt hereself. There is one mountain resort along the highway near San Carlos city, Negros Occidental that is allegedly owned and operated by a cebuano architect but actually is owned by a governor but surely not indicated in her SALN.

  • ofwme2807

    the Garcias of Cebu have long enriched themselves and must follow the OP / DILG suspension order…ganyan talaga ang power kapag nagtagal sa isang pamilya mahirap ng kunin at ibalik…mg-people power pa si Gwen, Rep. Pablo at yung kapatid pang Cong. at former GSIS President Winston Garcia???wala na may order na pumunta ka sa korte at dun ka dumulog at hindi magbarricade sa kapitolyo..ito ang Garcias at mga Aboitizes na nagpayaman nung panahon ni GMA bilang bayad sa pagkapanalo nya sa Cebu…

  • jga94

    Isa pang kapit-tuko sa poder….

  • kipbuts

    No one is indispensable in a government’s position but Gwen Garcia of Cebu believes otherwise. Pagbaton pud og gamay’ng kaulaw ug delicadeza kay dili imoha ang Kapitolyo sa Sugbu. 

  • ADD

    She abused her power, and now it has to stop. No more Garcia dynasty in Cebu. 

  • Fred

    Support the anti-dynasty movement!

  • creativemotive

    where is the signed document by Robredo? 

  • maniniyot kho

    Namatay si Sec. Robredo ng bumagsak ang sinasakyan nyang eroplanong galing Cebu. Wala kayang nanalangin na sana bumagsak na ang eroplanong kanyang sinasakyan? Wala naman seguro kasi mabait si sec. Robredo.

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