Gwen Garcia seeks TRO vs suspension order


SUPPORTERS of Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia troop to the capitol after she was suspended by the Department of the Interior and Local Government. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

Suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has asked the Court of Appeals (CA) in Manila to stop the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) from implementing its order to suspend her from office for six months.

Garcia filed last Thursday a petition for review with prayer for a temporary restraining order on the DILG directive ordering the Cebu governor’s suspension.

Yesterday, Garcia’s case was raffled off to the CA 12th division, headed by Associate Justice Vicente Veloso.

Garcia filed her petition at a time when the judiciary was preparing for the Christmas holidays next week.

Garcia was ordered suspended based on the complaint filed by the late Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez in 2010, accusing her of usurpation of authority.

Garcia vowed to defy the suspension order and said she would leave her office in Cebu City only if the police would forcibly take her out of there.

In Cebu City, Garcia declined to provide details of their petition. Her brother, Rep. Pablo John Garcia of Cebu’s second district, explained that they didn’t want to telegraph their punches.

The governor has been holed up at the capitol since Wednesday when the DILG enforced the suspension order and installed Agnes Magpale as acting governor.

She was accompanied by members of her family inside her office and had been visited by her supporters.

But she may have just lost her department heads.

A day after pledging their loyalty to Garcia, the capitol department heads met with Magpale in her conference room yesterday and recognized her authority as acting governor.

Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre explained that they agreed to meet with Magpale after he received a memorandum from the Department of Finance.

In the memorandum, Salvador Del Castillo, OIC-executive director of the Department of Finance, Bureau of Local Government Finance, advised Salubre to follow all lawful orders by “duly constituted authority” to avoid “civil and administrative liability in the discharge of your official function.”

Salubre said she apologized both to Magpale and Garcia. “Sorry kang Ma’am Gwen, we are just following orders,” he said.

Magpale said she hugged each department head during the meeting, saying she understood their situation.

“It is not my character to hold a grudge,” Magpale said.

“In the spirit of Christmas, I pledge to you that there’s no more rancor in my hearts. I prayed over this, and I think my prayers triumph,” she said.

Magpale said she asked their support because she wanted to assess the financial status of the provincial government for the sake of transparency and accountability.

Most of the department heads joined Magpale in the Mass at the Legislative Building attended by capitol employees shortly before 11 a.m.

After the Mass, she told the employees that the department heads had acknowledged the legitimacy of her assumption as acting governor.

She then asked Salubre and provincial budget officer Emmie Gingoyon to stand beside and announce the much-awaited Christmas bonus to the employees.

“We will give at least P30,000, or 14th month [pay], whichever is higher,” Salubre announced. The announcement was greeted with cheers.

The provincial board held a special session and passed a P50-million budget for the bonus of capitol employees.

Magpale said the bonus will benefit more than 1,000 capitol employees and officials, even the suspended governor.

She also announced that the employees would receive a sack of rice each. Barangay health workers would also get P2,500 each and P1,500 each for barangay watchmen.

Another Mass was held at the governor’s office, attending by Garcia, her family members and some barangay health workers.

Magpale said they would exercise “super maximum tolerance” on the Garcias, who had been staying at the governor’s office. With a report from Carmel Loise Matus, Inquirer Visayas

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  • emilio

    There are two issues here. The first is the abuse of authority,which the dilg found Garcia guilty, and which Garcia is not contesting. The second issue, which Garcia is contesting , is the delay in the filing/implementation of the suspension order, in other words, a technicality.
    In other words she is saying that although she is guilty but it took a long time for the govt to suspend her, then she is innocent.
    This is the mentality and the corrupted values of the governor. And she is not the only one in govt service. bear in mind that there is a dynasty of them in govt, and more are coming in, just waiting to be past 21. Pity the cebuanos.

    • UrHONOR


      • demonYOU

         TSUPAeng saan ka nagaagree? teka muna ilan ba ang nahala mo kagabi?


    A bad, bad example of an elected official displayed right before the very eyes of the people being served.  How could she then be expected to be regarded with respect if the very set of laws, nay, an order from the the highest official of the land that are supposed to be strictly upheld are disrespected egregiously? 

    INSOLENCE at its best. Unfit to be in an office of any sort.

  • Mario Paul Ramos

    Mr. Roxas would you please kick out that greedy lady still holding her office, she thinks she owned the building. KARMA TO ALL GOVERMENT OFFICIAL NA MGA MAGNANAKAW.

  • maniniyot kho

    Bakit ka nangungunyapit sa pwesto mo  Gwen Garcia, ano bang mayroon dyan at ayaw mong bumaba. NAKAKAPAGTAKA….

  • Slambok

    Gwen garcia-respect the rule of Law!

  • miriamquiamco

    Fight on Gwen, there is no rule of law under this despicable government, the Aquino dictatorship should be taught a lesson and you are beginning the fight.  All are for sale and the stooges in Malacanang know how to degrade even more the morals of of those who are economically desperate:  Pay them off, using public funds to promote the interests of the hacienderos.  I am in awe of the guts of this lady.  

    • AIbert_Einstein

      Dapat hiyain si Gwen Garcia sa madla at nang hindi na pamarisan pa ng ibang Political Dynasty.

  • PAZ

    Political dynasty din ang Cojuanco Aquino. Panahon pa ng hapon ay may mga nsnungkulan nang Cojuangco sa Tarlac at hanggang ngayon, meron ding Aquino at Cojuangco sa pwesto. Political dynasty rin ang mga Aquino.Umalis ka na Garcia baka pag nagalit ng todo ang nasa pwesto e bintangan kang MANDARAMBONG. O, baka i whistle blower ka.

  • PatalsikinsiGwen PahawaGwen

    Please step down Gwen. The credit should have been, Philippine Government through local Provincial Government not your name if ever there are accomplishments. Cebuanos did not elect you to stick your name on every media. You should know that and for God’s sake you are putting yourself and your allies in bad light. Ang imong anak naghariharian sa Capitol nagtraffic enforcer. Ang iyang kauban atong panahona nanapak ug police. Ang imong igsoon giingnan ang police nga ipaddress ang inyong amahan ug Sir, Honorable unya gipaemphasize pa gyud ang dako-dako sa congresso. Ikaw nag-over-my-dead-body paka. Ang imong anak nga babaye, nag wonder siya nganong wala siya pasudla. Hala nag-assume siguro siya nga kaila na lang niya ang tanang tao. Pangayuan ug ID naghilas-hilas na kay anak kuno nimo. Ako dako ko ug respeto ni Mayor Duke hilabi na sa iyang amahan, pero ayaw intawon apil-apila siya. Mayor Duke, padaplin ha kay basin maangin ka sa gubot, ayaw intawon ug apil-apil kay madaot ang imong record. Busa Madame Gwen palihug ug pahawa sa pwesto una ang tawo sa Cebu maoy magpapahawa nimo. Ako mismo nakasubay sa imong gibuhat kang Greg Sanchez, gubaon nga CICC, lamp post, suroy-suroy nga walay merit, Barili properties, Sugbo TV nga puro lang nawong nimo ang gipasibya ug uban pa. Please lang.

  • Jose

    Purely political manuever! this is not new. this was done during ate glo’s time and was copied by this administration. remember cebu’s 4th district and bulacan incidents? what i can say that ma’am gwen this is not your time anymore! it’s the aquinos and roxas’. it hurts but you are the first victim of the revenge. LP knows well that cebu can make a difference during elections and they have to do now to prepare for the 2016 elections for Mar. but to tell you, i would vote for mar rather than jojo because this is the best choice for a better philippines. you know that because you are an economist as well. the country will not improve with trapos and we need to inject young bloods to run this country.

  • AIbert_Einstein

    Gwen Garcia, binabayaran ng mga Cebuano ang pag-aircon aircon mo ng pamilya mo dyan sa Cebu Office of Governor Magpaje. Umalis ka na at isinusuka ka na ng mga Cebuano huy. Ang tigas ng mukha mo palibhasa naka BOTOX. wahaha…

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