Day 4: More visitors, a bed, food, allies


IN Day 4 of the Capitol impasse, suspended Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia  received visitors in her office,  explaining for the nth time why she will be spending Christmas there instead of going home.

She sat in front of a brightly decorated Christmas tree to deliver a videotaped Christmas message for Consolacion residents, whose activity she won’t be able to attend.

In her message, she explained her case to the people and why her suspension was illegal.

She rarely leaves the office now, the better to avoid the risk of having it padlocked during her absence.

At one point, she approached news reporters who kept vigil with her to ask if they had eaten.  She asked her staff to serve food – spaghetti, lechon, fruit salad, buko salad, lechon, kaldereta, and cassava cake.

She sleeps on a sofa bed brought in by the family so she can rest properly in a private room.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, one of her most powerful allies,  is set to visit her later today.

Security at the Capitol premises is extra strict.  To enter, one must present an ID and register in a logbook with policemen guarding the entrance gate of the compound, a practice that has spurred Garcia’s criticism that the Capitol has been turned into a “garrison”.

Even the vehicle of Archbishop Jose Palma wasn’t allowed to enter on Friday evening. The archbishop had to walk from the road to the Capitol building.

A senior Capitol career official visited Garcia yesterday  to wish her  a merry Christmas and ask her to “please understand” that he had to respect the new order of  business at the Capitol.

She told Provincial Administrator Eduardo Habin to “pray for me”.

Habin, one of the oldest officials who served at the Capitol for 32 years, was one of the department heads  who already expressed support for acting governor Agnes Magpale last Friday.

“I’m not loyal to an individual person but I’m loyal to the service”, Habin said.

No temporary restraining order was issued on Friday by the Court of Appeals in Manila where Garcia has sought relief.

“Well, I said I would stay here, so I’m still here,”   said Garcia, who used stronger language two days ago when she said she would only leave the Capitol “over my dead body.”

Acting Governor Magpale, in a separate interview, said she hopes the archbishop advised her to follow the rule of law and peacefully leave the office.

In a light vein, Magpale had suggested that  the running electric and water bills for the occupied wing of the governor’s office was a cause for concern.

“Mao gyud na kay kami ra ba gyud nagkasabot mi nga tipid-tipiron ang kwarta sa gobyerno kay we don’t have that much money,” she said.

Magpale said that while Cebu province may be the richest province in assets, that’s  not true in terms of cash, as an ongoing financial review is finding out.

Garcia’s father, Rep. Pablo Garcia frowned on Magpale for questioning the continued  stay of his daughter in the office.

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

Worried about reports that the police plan to physically evict Gwen from the Capitol, the congressman said he called up Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo on Friday.

“They can be charged with kidnapping or grave coercion because that‘s unconstitutional. You cannot do that unless there’s a court order or a warrant”, Pablo said.

Pablo said if his daughter spends Christmas in her Capitol office, the family would be there with her and wait for the court to eventually issue a  TRO.

In a press conference, seven visiting Barili town barangay captains complained of the difficulty of getting in.  It took them 30 minutes to enter the  Cebu Capitol. The police  had to buy a logbook for them to register their names.

“We were asked what political party we came from. We were made  to wait,” said barangay captain Romulo Cabanag.

Gwen bristled: “Why are they afraid to allow those who want to sympathize with me to enter? Those who want to visit Magpale are allowed to get inside. Are these policemen guardians of peace or guardians of Magpale?” Garcia said.

She said she would prepare a complaint on this.

“It seems that martial law is being implemented in Cebu, beginning in the Capitol.”

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  • maniniyot kho

    Walang patutunguhan ang ating bansa kung mananatili itong political dynasty, dahil sila-sila ay magtatakipan sa katiwalian ginagawa ng bawat isa. Ang kakapal ng mga mukha ng mga ito !!!!!!

  • tolits63

    Masyadong swapang ang babaeng ito.. order na ayaw pa umalis,,naghuhugas pa kaya ito????may

  • prodigalson60

    i am an ordinary citizen and there is no difference between me and gwen considering her status now being stripped of het power as the governor, a fact accepted by her father that she is not functioning as governor this time. now, what will happen if i will occupy one office in the capitol and make it as my bed room? what will the police do to me? what case will they file against me? garcias…please answer me? please enlighten me? do the same to your daughter, sister, mother…or how is gwen related to you.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Can someone explain why is Gwen Garci being kicked out of the Capitol. I think I missed something.

    • Pio Gante

      hindi yung isa sa hotbabes ang nabanggit dahil milf na gwen ang nasa capitol.

  • kapayapaan_1900

    Day 4: More visitors, a bed, food, allies

    “Vice President Jejomar Binay, one of her most powerful allies, is set to visit her later today.”

    What is he up to?…. to mediate and score points?….sow discord and unrest among the uninformed and fanatical followers of the suspended governor for UNA’s political gain?….to offer advice and mount a successful fight against a suspension order from lessons learned when he was suspended as mayor of Makati by GMA thereby gaining the Garcia’s political clout comes payback time in 2016?……your guess is as good as mine….

    Please Mr.Binay!…..for political stability’s sake and as the 2nd highest official of the land, it would be better for the nation to have us see your prudence and statesmanship at this time .  

    Leave the DILG alone to settle this one!.


  • virgo57

    The DILG which gives order for the suspension of Gov. Epoxy Lady Garcia seems shown its true color as well as their sitting secretary Mar Roxas capability.While every moves are calculated, the defiance of Epoxy Lady Garcia has gained ground for her advantage while Roxas looks inutile.Is there any time frame in the stalemate as diplomacy earned nothing?As it dragged for days, several prominent personalities from the church and political figures are star studded and VP Binay will come into the scene not to mediate but stoke fire of the issue adding more pogi points of Binay.
    Political will should be executed to avoid precedent of the same and enough of this ala tele serye nobela where commercial sponsors clouded the substance of the show and this should be acted NOW!!!
    Prove your worth Mr. Mar Roxas not as lame duck secretary! This is how the people will look upon you as potential, competent political leader. Parang ang gobyerno pa ang naging hostage at ginagawang tanga ng mga Garcia. Sampolan mo nga ang nag mamatigas sa Cebu Provincial Capitol because they have to pay dearly the consequences.

    • sakinlang

      Very well said, dre! Time to end this tele-novela, NOW NA! They already had spent too much of the taxpayers’ money and could be destroying government properties in their vain attempt to cling to power. the DILG must show their muscles immediately! Kung may “muscles” nga sila!

  • gwenbalili

     ayaw ba kamo lumayas sa kapitolyo? simple lang yan.. get the advice of
    winnie codilla kung pano nya pilalayas si gwen sa ormoc.. epektib
    masyaqdo yon

  • Jason Layag

    gwen malooy intawon ka namong mga taxpayers,24/7 imo aircon dha,tubig,ug uban pa di naman ka entitled ana..labon sauna gob.paka cg ka suroysuroy sugbo daw krn gusto nka dha mupuyo imoha ba d ay ng balay..uli sa inyoha aron imo mga supporters didto na muadto walay pay mubabag..anytime pwede ka mubalik dha kung may TRO na ipakita sa mga cebuano nga naa tay saktong pamatasan nagpakaulaw lang ka sa mga cebuano…tan awa unya ng billing sa kuryente ug tubig di ba dako na kay naa nka gapuyo dha..paka-uwaw.

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