Dozens of cops deployed to Cebu Capitol over gov’s suspension



Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

CEBU CITY, Philippines—At least 65 policemen have been deployed as of 6 a.m. Thursday at the Capitol grounds here.

A team of policemen with shields were on standby at the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas to wait for instruction to “forcibly take out” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, who has been staying inside the Capitol in defiance of a six-month suspension order issued against her by Malacañang on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Marcelo Garbo, PRO-7 regional director, said he had yet to receive an order from Camp Crame to use the “full force of the law.”

Senior Superintendent Melvin Ramon Buenafe, Cebu City police director, said he sent the policemen to the Capitol to maintain the peace.

He asked supporters of both Garcia and acting Governor Agnes Magpale to remain calm.

The front entrance of the Capitol ground has been barricaded and guarded by about 30 policemen. One of police truck has been parked in front of the Capitol ground while another at the gate leading to the Governor’s Office.

A fire truck has also been parked a few   feet away from the entrance of the Governor’s Office.

Garcia, however, has no plans of leaving the Capitol. “I’d rather stay here,” she told reporters in a news conference at 3 a.m.

Garcia said they were surprised at the deployment of policemen who removed the tents at the Capitol grounds, where about 500 Garcia supporters from the towns of Daanbantayan and Consolacion and Mandaue City were gathered.

“Unsa man ta dinhi, nag-gyera na ta? Peaceful man ta tanan diri. Wala man tay gihimo nga dautan (What is happening here? Are we at war? We are peaceful here. We didn’t do anything wrong),” she said.

“It’s a constitutional right to peacefully assemble,” she added.

Garcia also said that the policemen did not show courtesy and asked her permission to take down the three big tents.

“Mura ta karon ug garison gilibutan ta ug mga police. (We now look like a garrison surrounded by the police.)  Maybe they want to show their full force kay they’re all powerful,” she said.

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  • TotoyKalentong

    lasing sa kapangyarihan… 

    • Bert

      who? Malacanang?

  • Albert Einstien

    modern gabriela silang…!

    • mon key

      taka ra ka dha!

  • magsasakasanayon

    too much botox. LOL

    • Betz Chui

      OO nga…nasobrahan. Ano kaya itsura nya kong walang botox? Imagine ko payat at walang laman na mukha at laglag na balat…

  • lagalag

    Trapo on the making. Gusto sa kanya ang puwesto. Takaw posisyon. Ang mga sakim nga naman.

    • KpTUL

       She was elected by the people. Ang b0b0 mo !

      • mave

        mas bobo ka kung ayaw mo sundin ang batas

      • Motorists' Corner

         I think you mean she was elected by the majority of voters at that time. Her opponents got votes too.

         Some companies suspend employees for breach of rules. She broke some rules as governor and if the penalty is suspension then she will have to be suspended. The elected by the people part sound like a Marcosian statement.

      • lagalag

        I think kaw yong b0b0, the case was investigated and there’s a probable cause for suspension.So you mean even if elected by the people she can do whatever she wants and not follow the law?

  • soul.assassin

    Cebu really needs a “combo-breaker”.

  • Rae_E

    It’s sad that Filipinos especially our politicians are inherently defiant or rebellious. Our divisiveness or disunity is the reason why its so hard for our country to progress. 

    Gov. Garcia if you truly seek the welfare of your people & our nation’s stability, please step down now. There’s no dignity in pitting your own police force against you & your people. If you’re not guilty then please answer the charges against you so you can clear your name.

  • rodben

    Magbalimbing kana Ms. Gwendolyn like Angara and Ampatuan ..

  • sakinlang

    Kapit, Gwen , Kapit! Ipaglaban mo ang kadupangan mo sa pwesto!

  • Pert Cabatana

    Gwen: the more you defy the lawful orders by the legitimate authorities, the more you bring yourself down. To paraphrase US Senator Richard Lugar’s words to Marco: “cut, and cut cleanly”.

  • brunogiordano

    Kasalanan niya kapag napilitan tangalin by force.

    Do it soon.

    Ng hindi pamarisan.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    Funny sense of “public service.” 
    Just when she’s suspended, she decides to work in her office 24/7.
    Ghost employees there during the night?

  • VeryDisgusted2

    She is an example of a government official who doesn’t know how to obey authority.

    She is a bad example. She should not be suspended only – she should be removed from the office for good.

  • KpTUL

    Gwen Garcia is well-loved by the people of Cebu. She was elected 3 times as governor. Now, it is easy to play God when you are president. PNoy played dirty tactics with regards to the distribution of the pork barrel, does it mean he has to be suspended as well ? She has a clear mandate from the Cebuanos, a duly elected official. Allegations are not due to corruption. This is very dirty ! Trigger happy ! Very sad for the city of Cebu ! Tsk tsk tsk. 

    • Arvin

      Excuse me po….ikaw dili taga Cebu…ako taga Cebu…Bisayang dako….You dont know the true color of Gwen Garcia…….Please read and evaluate the reasons behind why Gwen was suspended……dugay nani….in fact She been under investigation of Balili Lot they purchase that is submerge and cannot be utilized…….next time if you are really a blogger….read, understand and validate before making non sense comments….hirap sa inyo….puro d a l d a l…

    • Motorists' Corner

       The folks from the city of Cebu don’t get to vote for the governor position. I think you mean province of Cebu. 

    • mave

      My friend i think garcia is paying GOD in here not the president no one is above the law, and this is the recommendation of late DILG sec Robredo..

  • tonto_ka

    Do one thing GWEN just clear your name…In so doing you will earn RESPECT from all…By being DEFIANT you gain nothing….

  • ofwme2807

    remove this defiant governor by force…she is defying a lawful order and she should lead by example and not circumvent the law…she will use the people of Cebu for her selfish agenda…you must leave the Capitol now or face forcible ejection…we don’t symphatize with you…

  • 1GeorgeTolentino2

    Hehehe, and now the Cebu Provincial Capitol becomes an extension of Malacanang.  Vice Gov. Agnes Almendras Magpale is the sister of Pnoy BFF and Cabinet Secretary Almendras.

    • Arvin

      isa kapa……magbasa ka nga….ikaw hindi taga Cebu……hindi mo alam ang totoong kulay ni gwen… only read this article then make an instant comments…..diyan kayo magaling mag comment kahit hindi alam ang totoo..kaya nga hindi tayo aasenso dahil sa ganyan attitude….buti mag sama kayo ni gwen..bagay kayo sa pag-iisip…

      ako po ay Bisayang dako…..huwag kang mag comment na hindi  mo alam..

    • Motorists' Corner

       I believe Ms. Magpale was provincial board member long before the Aquino administration. She only assumed the position of Vice Governor when the elected Vice Governor Sanchez died of cancer. He was actually the one who made the complaint.

  • vir_a

    Gwen had stripped the former vice gov of the latter’s dignity and honor. The former vice gov. was so humiliated, he could not recover. Now, it’s payback time. It’s time to face justice for arrogance and abuse of authority.

    • Motorists' Corner

       What goes around comes around.

    • Joker

      If this is the case, then she is simply reaping what she has sown.

  • ofwme2807

    Lady Gov follow the rule of law…if you want to challenge the suspension order, you and your lawyers know what to do…but defying the order plus ordering your supporters to block and barricade the Capitol will certainly cause you more trouble…accept your fate you there is no power grabbing here due process and procedures are being followed…lasing ka na sa power madamme your time is up…

  • ofwme2807

    From what we understand, Cebu is part of the Republic of the Philippines and is under the control of the President of the Philippines Pnoy…Gov Gwen just let Cebu out of your hand and control now and do not disturb the peace and order…You will only end up sorry if you prolong and defy the lawful suspension order…

  • madlangpipol

    When i see Gwen Garcia,, i can only see her like a “Reyna” of Cebu, not a public servant of the Province and of the Cebuanos. Mura syag hari mag lihok2x dire sa Cebu. Hambugera kaayog nawong.!

  • erap_ng_masa_1969

    Hello,Gwen Garcia

  • AllinLawisFair

    Governor glued to her seat.

    If Governor Garcia refuses to leave her office and continues to defy her superiors, then she should be removed by force and be charged with insubordination.

  • ofwme2807

    the beauteous Cebu Governor’s time is up…and so sorry she will not be able to return to power before and after the 2013 mid-term elections…you and your corrupt families’ time is up…now comes and prepare for legal battles governor for cases of graft and corruption. you will be in the company of GMA soon… 

  • miiron

    kapit tuko ang @#$%^ na to!  nakakahiya!  hoy alis dyan!

  • tukmoldinako

    simple lang yan walang dahas dapat, patay mo source ng ilaw, tubig, ewan ko lang kung tumagal yan, mamaho siya sa loob, hahahaha, gwen mabaho kana.

  • dikoy321

    Gwen you were investigated and proven to have done WRONG, after a 2-year due process.

    Go please, peacefully !

    You are the SOLE ONE to BLAME if the PNP will take you out by your short LEGS, FEET UP, HAIR DOWN, DIGNITY & DRESS BLOWN AWAY by the Wind !

    For your own SAKE, know when to give up and cut cleanly !

    CROOKS, the CORRUPT and ABUSERS all OVER THE COUNTRY, watch out because P-Noy is cleaning up the stable !


    Forward Philippines !!!

  • Manolo Villareal

    This Gwen Garcia does not know the meaning of “weather-weather”.  Her arrogance caused the late vice gov. Greg Sanchez to file an administrative case.  It did not move because she’s so close to GMA.  She could do anything she wanted during GMA’s time.  Now, payback time.  Weather-weather lang.  Tapos na ang maligayang araw!  Come on down Gwen, don’t stick like a leech. After all, everything is legal in your case.  It passed through due process.

  • Lancefort Stryker

    She once threatened to secede Cebu from the Philippines and established Republic of Cebu if Gloria Arroyo was removed from power a few years ago. No wonder she is so stubborn.

  • ofwme2807

    this Gwen she thinks by being governor of Cebu for 3 times and being close to former pres GMA she will become untouchable…the burgeoning business climate and good developments in Cebu will continue regardless who is the governor of Cebu…Cebu’s political dynasties Garcias Osmenas have somewhat to end they have already amassed enormous hidden wealth…political dynasties and trapos of Cebu have no monopoly of good governance..this province is blessed and has more potentials and the wealth have to be enjoyed by the people and trickle down to them the effects of booming Cebu…Congratulations to the people of Cebu for having this Gwen Garcia suspended and removed from power… 

  • Cox Alviso

    What’s this article about? What is Gwendolyn guilty of? If you aired the view of the bystanders, why not air the view of the policemen? Waiting for an order does not explain a fire truck.

    What happened to journalism Inquirer?


    The scenario in Cebu is showcase of what a Chinese in powers can do to Filipinos.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    What a shameful and disgusting attitude, do she believe to be a Goddess or more realistic, an Alien, does she lost the minimum basic decency, to follow the Law of the land she is supposed to represent ! Her attitude show guilt with arrogance, similar to a despised jailed fake President.

  • Pert Cabatana

    Gwen: your hakot people power crowd is gone. They already received their bonus. What’s next? Cut, and cut cleanly right now. Every minute of defiance that passes is a minute that will inevitably bring you closer and closer to ignominy.

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