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Governor Garcia digs in, to spend Christmas inside office

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CEBU CITY—Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and her family are preparing to spend Christmas inside her office at the Capitol where she has been staying since Wednesday following the implementation of the Malacañang order that suspended her for six months.

She told reporters that she had to remain at the Capitol because the Court of Appeals had not issued a temporary restraining order (TRO), which they expected to be issued on Friday.

“Well, I said, I will stay here, so I am still here,” said Garcia.

Garcia filed a petition for review with a prayer for a TRO to stop the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) from implementing her suspension order for grave abuse of authority.

The suspension stemmed from the complaint of usurpation of authority filed by then Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez in 2010. Sanchez died of cancer a year later.

Garcia will be accompanied by her family and allies who have been keeping her company while she is holed up at her office.

House Deputy Speaker Pablo Garcia said that if his daughter opted to stay at the Capitol, they would be with her. “Of course, I am saddened and this was handed down during Christmas time,” said the elder Garcia.

“As a father and for the rest of the family, we have to support our daughter,” he added.

Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale, however, said she was concerned about the rising cost of water and power at the governor’s office.

She said she might charge them for electric and water bills since they had agreed to be frugal in spending government funds because contrary to the claims of Garcia, the province was not economically strong although it had a lot of assets.

“We are exercising super maximum tolerance,” she said. “We should have charged them with rental, electricity and use of air-conditioning.”

Representative Garcia, however, said his daughter still had a right to have an office being the governor of Cebu.

“Only her functions were suspended but she is still entitled to an office,” he said.

The Garcia family has been with the governor since the order was issued on Wednesday.

Among those who accompanied Garcia were her mother, retired Judge Esperanza Garcia and two brothers— Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia and Barili Vice Mayor Marlon Garcia.

There was  no sign that Garcia was packing up as her belongings were  intact.

Security guards were seen guarding her office round the clock.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, visited Garcia at 8 p.m. on Friday. The two had a close-door meeting for an hour.

Palma declined to disclose what they talked about because he promised Garcia that their conversation would remain confidential.

“My request is that we will all pray for a peaceful resolution of all of this because it affects our province,” Palma told reporters before boarding his car.

“There are many issues that we talked about … which [we] prayed would be resolved in a peaceful manner and that everything will be resolved for the good of our people,” he added.

The operation of provincial government’s TV channel, Sugbo TV, and its monthly publication, Sugbo News, was shut down at 5 p.m. on Friday on orders of Magpale pending review of its programs. With a report from Jhunnex Napallacan, Inquirer Visayas

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    Hey Garcia, how about a concert with star singers and snacks for all on Christmas eve. Make a festival for Cebuanos before your days is over. Who knows maybe they all become too enjoyed to stay with you forever more ……

  • Barangkuag

    Ahh..this family. They think they own the province. No shame at all!!! 

    • batangpaslit

      they own na nga eh, diba? sino ang congressman? sino ang mayor? sino ang vice mayor?
      sino ang pinalitan nila bilang governor, congressman, and mayor?
      diba sila-sila lang
      nag rotate lang sa dalawang pamilya: Osmena, Garcia, nay tatlo, pag isama ang Durano

  • Hey_Dudes

    Nice going Gwendolyn  how does it feel being the star of the show?  Only thing is, the youths are watching and what you are doing is not a good role model to them.  Ano yan – matira ang matibay?  As for this hypocrite bishop, sure you can and must keep whatever you discussed with Gwendolyn confidential.  Do not be like that JBC psychiatrist recently fired for not holding confidential matters confidential.

    • batangpaslit

      baka ang nature ng usapan ay “confession” kaya confidential

  • ofwme2807

    kapal muks ng buong Garcia family, almost everyone in the family is in politics, kulang na lang pati mga katulong drivers gardeners nila nasa position na rin…ang titindi nyo mga Garcias lalo na itong matandang Garcia…hindi habambuhay nasa puwesto kyo…bring down this Garcia dynasty in Cebu…kapal mukha nyo..

  • ofwme2807

    karma will now slowly destroy this Garcia dynasty in Cebu na pinayaman ng husto at binigyan ng pwesto at inappoint lahat ng kamag-anak ni pandak mother plunderer GMA bilang ganti sa massive fraud sa 2004 elections kaya nga may kasong election saboteur itong si pandak na malamang dyn na mabubulok sa VMMC…matandang Pablo Garcia kapatid na congressmen at mga mayors pweeehh hindi pa ba busog ang Garcia clan sa nakaw na yaman at ill-gotten wealth nyo ang Diyos ay di natutulog….

  • batangpaslit

    pervasive pala ang kapangyarihan ng Garcia Clan—-mula ama, anak, kapatid, pinsan.
    parang ang lugar ng Cebu ay nahahati lamang sa dalaang pamilya: Garcia, at Osmena.
    ilang milyon ang population ng Cebu?
    tapos, ang ruling class ay limited lamang sa dalawang pamilya or tatlo, pag isama ang
    mga Durano

  • turbogirl9


  • OleSapra aka ARGUS


    ANA: “Ano ang ibig sabihin ng English word na dynasty, alam mo ba? Naguguluhan kasi ako sa tigas-ng-ulo ni Gov Gwendolyn eh.”

    LISA: “Any sequence of powerful leaders of the same family. ‘Gaya nga ng nangyayaring KATIGASAN-NG-ULO ng gobernador, nagmana sa katigasan din ng ulo ng kanyang ama na isang member ng house of representaTHIEVES !!!”

    CION: “Wala sanang problema kung magkakasunod na uupo sa iisang puesto, pero ang kaso ng angkan ng Garcia, eh sabay-sabay silang nanunungkulan bilang tongressman, gobernador, mayor, etc. Onli enda pilipins !!!”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

    The political enemies must be destroyed at all costs. The General and the his henchmen will do anything to prevent the opposition to prepare for the next election. The present dispensation will invent a lot of “crimes” to accuse them and remove them from office while their own men who are as guilty as their opponents are being tolerated. Such is the curse of politics in our country and no man yet has governed righteously including the present president. He is like the kings of Israel and Judah who reigned and did what they think was right in their own eyes. After six years another one sit as president and the vicious cycle starts all over again. God save the Philippines!

  • maniniyot kho

    Hindi kaya nanginig at namutla sa takot ang Garcia dynasty, ng sabihin ni Arcbishop Palma ng CBCP tungkol sa pag PRAY sa kanila…dahil sariwa pa ang pag PRAY ng CBCP kontra sa RHbill pero hindi tumalab. Mahiya naman po kayo kung inaakala nyong sa inyo nang tirahan ang opisina ng gobyerno. Tama lang na pabayaran sa kanila ang mga kunsumo. KAPAL TALAGA…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

    CLING TO POWER TO THE VERY END!!! never mind what our laws are…  i’m not surprise, they are the typical TRAPO of this country

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    A  SWAT  team  should  be able to solve this  problem  swiftly  and with minimum casualties ! This  drama  should end now, it makes  the government look WEAK  in the  eyes of the people and that is  NOT acceptable . . It diminishes the momentum of effectiveness of  President Noynoy’s governance. He has the support  of majority of the Filipino people so  I think  there will be no problem  here if the SWAT  team  acts  now !! YES SIR ! NOW NA !!

  • whreyxk

    Do you think you are above the law m-fucker

    • efffyoufools

      funny. so many efffin paid retards posting retarded comments here. had aquino acted according to the local gov’t code, garcia will have no choice but to abide by the order, right?  but aquino was in violation of the section 66 of the local gov’t code that gave him only 30 days to decide after the investigation but instead decided to suspend garcia 474 days after and had the order served when she wasn’t in the office to acknowledge receipt of the order which even a law student would agree that the order was ineffective because it wasn’t acknowledged by the respondent. aquino is a m-fucker who always bends the law that says NO to his sinister agenda.

      • Jerry_SeinfeId

        Alim A – your IP address is recorded. One request and you are nothing but history m-fucker!

  • AlexanderAmproz

    How come such a stubborn family can run Government offices and decide a country fate ?

    When this kind of macho becoming lawmakers it should be worrisome

    To lead a Gang is something for Trapos, a Capitol it has to be something else.

    A Plutocracy style don’t fit to a suposed Moderne Democracy,

    Feudal time is over since too long for that,

    Don’t be surprised to observe a Backward country, as it is run by back-warders obstinately

    glued with arrogance to their privileges, its smell fishy…

  • pol tan

    Another example of a politico not following the law. Kung suspended ka, umalis ka sa opisina mo tsaka ka mag file ng TRO, hindi yung ayaw sumunod sa lawful order. At paano naman nila nalaman na mag iisue ng TRO ang Court of Appeals by Friday? Ganun lang ba ang CA? Pag nag file issue agad? O baka naman may pampadulas na yan

  • catmanjohn

    Garcia must have something terrible to hide. The degree of desperation and adversity shows that this is probable. One could hardly believe that Robrero’s death was an accident, after all there was a survivor, and what about Ecleo? why has he not been apprehended? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44QGTQXFYHNVPNMX453LWBPMXM Opel

    staying in the office after being suspended is more of a political statement. although she physically occupies the governor’s office, she can no longer perform official function, NGAs, Banks and other governmental agencies recognizes and will transact only with the acting vice governor. Nonetheless,It will also be a source of bragging rights should she able to obtain a TRO against malacanang from the court. its the election period, money will flow and miracles can be bought.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    Cge lamunin mo ang opisina mo na parang cake…..grabe sa takaw sa power ang babaeng ito…..sinapian ni GMA at FG…and Mikey….and Datu Arroyo….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ULJS34FQ24PGB7HI5OO4QOJ65A Spy to

    Hejeje abnoy will ended up nothing!

  • johndcross1

    “Usurpation of authority”?  What is that?  Will someone explain this to us?  It must be very serious to merit a suspension.

  • Luthmar

    Stop the electric supply in the governor’s office.  The family will be spending some days
    there.  They will consume lots of electricity because air condition will be non stop.  They will
    cook there, watch a lot of tv and God knows what else.  Stop also the water supply.  This is the
    most important thing so they won’t be able to take a bath or shower.  They will not be able to use
    the toilet.

    A governor who does not know how to obey the law.  What a good example. 

    • efffyoufools

      a president who didn’t even win in the election does not obey any law. what a good example to retarded like you.

  • LegalJustice

    4th Day:

    If the person refuses to follow the rule of law the only remedy is to send the SWAT Team tear gas the vicinity and arrest the culprit and flew her in Manila and put her behind bars in Camp Crame.

    If DILG don’t do anything and keep prolonging the situation and no action – nobody will ever follow them in the near future.

    DILG need to inforce the rule of law – if you don’t she will do this again and again.
    This Gov Garcia is already telling them point blank stating: “Over my dead body ! ”

    That translate I am the law.

    She is putting the whole Cebu City as Hostage here.

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    Kahit nagsisinungaling hindi pa din nalulukot ang mukha, BOTOX ba ito Gwen?
    Cling to POWER hard as you can, nevermind the LAW.. you’re above it anyway.
    Dang gurl !!!

  • kipbuts

    I am a taxpayer and concern on how this suspended official and her family defy the rule of law.

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