UNA leaders show support for Garcia

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SUSPENDED Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia (in white blouse) is flanked by leaders of the United Nationalist Alliance who showed up at the Capitol on Sunday to show their support. On Garcia’s left is former President Joseph Estrada and on her right are Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama and former Sen. Ernesto Maceda. CARMEL LOISE MATUS/INQUIRER VISAYAS

CEBU CITY—Suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has found an ally in the stalwarts of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in her fight to defy a suspension order from Malacañang.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, former President Joseph Estrada and former Sen. Ernesto Maceda arrived at the Capitol past 11 a.m. on Sunday to show their support to Garcia who had been holed up in her office since Wednesday when her suspension order was released.

They attended Mass at the Capitol and had lunch together. Maceda left after lunch while Binay, Enrile and Estrada stayed until past 2 p.m.

Garcia thanked UNA leaders for their support.

“I am deeply touched. I am speaking for the Cebuanos … This will be forever remembered by the Cebuanos, a truly, truly welcomed gesture,” she said.

The Office of the Ombudsman issued a six-month suspension on Garcia for grave abuse of authority for usurping the powers of then Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez in 2010.

Petition

She filed a petition for review with a prayer for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in the Court of Appeals (CA) to stop the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) from implementing the order.

Binay said Garcia’s plight reminded him of his experience in 2006 when, as mayor of Makati City, he defied the six-month preventive suspension order issued by the Office of Ombudsman in connection with an administrative complaint for allegedly keeping “ghost employees” on the city government payroll.

Binay stayed at his office, surrounded by hundreds of his supporters until he was able to secure a TRO from the CA.

“At least in that particular case, I didn’t follow the [Ombudsman] order. I didn’t leave [my office] because I insisted that there was a pending case in court and we shouldn’t be removed,” Binay said.

He said he was saddened by what he read in newspapers about what happened to Garcia, particularly on reports that her supporters were not allowed to enter the Capitol compound.

Asked if he would talk to President Benigno Aquino III about this, he replied in jest: “secret.”

Binay said he talked to the ground commander of the policemen at the Capitol and asked him to allow people to get inside.

At least 500 people, mostly from Liloan town where its chief executive, Duke Frasco, is Garcia’s son-in-law, were allowed to gather outside the front entrance to the governor’s office.

But security remained tight. The police would log and require an identification card to anyone who wished to get inside the compound.

Enrile

Enrile said that as leaders, they have to show their support to their embattled member.

“If we cannot support our members when they’re faced with oppressive conduct, then we might as well fall that soon,” he added.

Garcia was initially included in UNA’s senatorial lineup. But she later backed out and opted to run for third-district representative due to the request of the mayors and her poor showing in the surveys.

In Manila, Malacañang Sunday aired the hope that Estrada, Binay and Enrile did not encourage suspended Garcia to dig in more, but instead convinced her to respect the rule of law.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said it was prudent for all government officials to “adhere strictly to the rule of law” given the already tense situation in the Cebu provincial government arising from Garcia’s defiance of a six-month suspension order.

Showdown

“I hope not,” he said in a text message when asked if Garcia’s suspension would lead to a showdown between the administration Liberal Party (LP) and UNA. “There is a judicial process that is in play now after Garcia petitioned for TRO with the CA.”

Meantime, all parties, especially government officials, “must adhere strictly to the rule of law so as not to aggravate the already tense situation,” added the most senior political adviser to President Aquino.

Estrada, Binay and Enrile— the three top leaders of UNA—took some by surprise when they flew to Garcia’s succor on Sunday morning as she questioned the suspension order enforced by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Binay’s political nemesis.

“Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Binay are responsible public officials who should be the first to uphold the rule of law. That may be an appeal they can present to Governor Garcia to ease the tension there,” Abad said.

“I am certain that the last thing they would want to do is encourage or tolerate mob rule,” he added.

 

Rule of law

Citing reports, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesperson, said Enrile himself had spoken about “following the rule of law.”

“And so certainly it’s laudable that we, as responsible government officials, would encourage each other to follow the rule of law. I don’t think they were there to further divide the government. If true, certainly we welcome the statement of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to encourage Gov. Gwen Garcia to follow the rule of law,” Lacierda said over government-run dzRB.

After all, the case was investigated before a final decision was issued by the Office of the President, Lacierda said. “This is what the LP has been explaining to the UNA: politics has nothing to do with this. It went through a process, and that process should be respected. There is a presumption of regularity in the action of the Office of the President,” he said.

Surveys

Lacierda also said local surveys in Cebu showed wide support for her suspension.

“We certainly encourage Governor Garcia to follow the rule of law. We’ve been monitoring the situation in Cebu and, based on what we have heard, the suspension has popular support among the people of Cebu based on the local survey. And, as a governor, we certainly would encourage Governor Garcia to follow the process,” he said.

Meantime, acting Gov. Agnes Magpale has taken the “necessary steps” to ensure that governing Cebu would not be hampered by the standoff, Lacierda said.

“So we would certainly encourage Governor Garcia to follow the rule of law. She has filed a complaint or a petition before the Court of Appeals and, until such time that it is acted by the Court of Appeals, we would encourage Governor Garcia to follow the legal processes. We have not done that except to say that we encourage her to follow the rule of law,” he said.

Orders

Lacierda deferred to the DILG on how to handle the situation should Garcia continue to hole up in her office.

“Even as she is holed up in the Cebu provincial capital, if I’m not mistaken, like I said, the business of governance is ongoing. Acting Governor Magpale’s orders are being honored by the provincial government. Her valid orders are being executed by the province of Cebu and its different agencies,” he said.

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  • botets

    wth.. why brod binay.. its a disappointing act.. shes a disgrace and a turncoat.. why why why,, mwab..>

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y6NDRGGX6M5R2GSJMKBBOAKOFU Noel

    ano ba 2? TRAPO visited another trapo equals RAGS, a perfect equation

  • citizenH

    As they say “Only in the Philippines”.  I can’t wait to see how this stand-off will end.  Noynoy might get knocked out, face down  by the lady….lol

  • ARIKUTIK

    Throw Garcia out of Capitol hell. Drag her by the hair and dump in garbage bin of Cebu. Penoy got the power along with Sereno …. Go…go…. Penoy ! ‘ Daang matuwid’….. yeheyyyyy ….  

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

    Wow!!! I smell bloody election next year!!! Evil vs evil politicians fighting for the “HOT SEAT” sorrounded with fire…loL… this reminds me the battle of politicians in batangas between rectos and their political enemies (forgot their names) last gov election!!!

    These losers in malakanyang are so worried rhat their temporary lousy power will end painfully if they will not use violence and intimadation to control these rich voters provinces!!!

    Haahaja noymar your days are thinning so hold your BALLS (if you have one) tightly!!!# hahahaha

  • Love God

    Politics is dirty. Stay away from it.

  • kalampagin

    The title of this article should be, ” THE THREE STOOGES VISITED THE SUSPENDED GOVERNOR”. You can see the arrogance and disrespect to the rule of law these people are exhibiting in public. Only in the Philippines you’ll see this kind of attitudes, specially for public officials. Mahiya naman kayo sa mga nakababata sa inyo, ito ba ang ehemplo na gusto ninyong tularan ng mga susunod na henerasyon? Don’t vote for these rags…..

  • Luthmar

    The three (ay ewan) certainly encouraged Garcia not to obey the rule of law  particularly what the
    ex convict said:  “stand your ground.”  And, Binay’s example on how he defied also the order of his suspension by GMA’s administration at the time.

    But, some visitors she got; Maceda (yaaaaaaaak), Erap, Binay and Enrile.  Birds of the same
    feather, flock together,

  • Garo Ungaro

    When the law is not respected…it encourage,enable,those affected to defied it…Politicians has no respect for any law…because the believed their above the law and most of the time they are the Law…This kind of mindset exist in this case…They will respect the law only it they want to?…and it favors them?. 

  • LegalJustice

    The UNA Three Musketeers is giving a wrong advice to the UNA Governor Garcia to continue her stand. it mean to say they are condoning Garcia act to continue and defy the law.

    THIS IS A  BAD EXAMPLE OF THE THREE MUSKETEERS – THEY ARE NOW THE LAW.

    They are adding fire to the situation and I hope this time around the DILG inforce the law.

    LET THE RULE OF LAW RULES AND I HOPE DILG DON’T PRO-LONG THIS SITUATION MORE FOR NOBODY WILL EVER LISTEN TO THEM – LOOK WHAT THE 3 MUSKETEERS DID THEY ARE ENCOURANGING THE GOV GARCIA TO DEFY THE LAW – BAD EXAMPLE FOR THESE 3 MUSKETEERS.

  • batangsulpok

    Gising mga Pilipino, huwag na kayong maging BOBOTANTE at utuin na naman nitong mga taong ito, sina Binay, Erap, Enrile at Maceda.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZML5N2RBL5P6XZ7PR5BM4Q7YUE fair play

    Respect the rule of law, these UNA leaders must know! There are a
    other avenues to contest your suspension order, barricading in your office is not one of them!

  • al gero

    politically corrupt association, mga pilipino maawa naman kayo sa bayan niyo, wag niyo ng iboto ang mga taong ito.

  • LegalJustice

    These UNA Leaders is giving a wrong advice condoning to defy the rule of law.

    I hope President Aquino won’t compromise the rule of law or else anyone can do anything as they please then they won’t follow the law – They will become THE LAW.

    Look what the 3 Musketeer did they are undermining the rule of law that is really bad example.

    Now the filipino people should watch these 3 musketeers – I hope the filipino people will used there voting power these coming election not to vote UNA Candidates – the Philippines will be in jeopardy back to zero again.

    Please don’t vote Mr. Binay on 2016 as President for sure he will pardoned GMA then back to business again as usual.

  • albayislands

    Estrada, Convicted Criminal, Enrile, Architect of Martial Law, Binay, sending a wrong message to the Youth by making Marcos, the greatest theft of all time, a hero. Binay want Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani…Tama na ang Panloloko…Gising na Bayan ang Lupain ng Ginto at Bulaklak….

  • prodigalson60

    “POLITICAL TOURISM” promoted in cebu capitol OSG (Office of the Suspended Governor) It’s More Fun in the Philippines!

  • elgeepee

    ito bang si Binay ang gustong mamuno sa atin? Eh kung si Marcos nga gustong maging bayani pagkatapos nyang sumikat para patalsikin eh anong klaseng prinsipyio yan Atty Binay. tapos ngayon gusto mo ipagtanggol si Gwen eh sinuspendi na nga. walana bang batas Mr. Binay?  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    tatlong amoy lupa, tsaka amoy imburnal si maceda.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    Kung convicted plunderer bakit sinusuportahan pa siya ng Vice President at ng Senate President?  Di ba nakakahiya ‘yan?  Ngayon naman, kung susuportahan nila ang sinuspindeng gubernador, di ba dapat higit silang nakakaintindi ng batas?

    Mas mahalaga ba ang ka-partido kaysa interest at batas ng taong bayan?

  • LegalJustice

    These 3 musketeers is really  testing the leadership of The President of the Philippines who is duly elected President.

    Let see what happen  – I hope President Aquino won’t compromise the rule of law ?

  • poroawan

    As always they are condoning their corrupt partymate. How sad. Three headed monsters visiting the Medusa of Cebu.tsk.tsk.tsk

  • Guest

    Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile would still keep his post, unless LP
    and Sec. Mar Roxas continue its plan to oust him [Enrile].

    • Guest

      Roxas is using his new disciple, Sen. Trillanes for the oust plot
      against Enrile. Pansinin mo tatahimik, tahimik lang si Trillanes.

  • Guest

    Sabi nga ni Sen. Chiz Escuro, LP and its allies don’t have the numbers
    to replace Enrile as Senate President.

     

  • josefe38

    The words of the season are FOLLOW THE RULE OF LAW. But who didn’t follow the rule of law in the first place?
     Under local Government Code, which states that the Office of the President must release a decision 30 days after an investigation,  the investigation into Gov. Garcia’s case ended on Aug. 31, 2011. But the decision came out ONLY last Dec. 17, or 474 days after.Under Administrative Order 23, upon transmittal of the records of her case from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Office of the President must decide on it within 30 days.The records were transmitted from the office of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo last July 26, 2012. But again, a decision came out only on Dec. 17, or 144 days later. If you know your law and rights, would you follow illegal order??? Over my dead body!!!!!

    • LegalJustice

      That is only if its preventive.

      She still need to follow the rule of law – no but nor if.

      She need to follow the process – she can file an Appeal and there is a venue for that.

  • basilionisisa

    Tignan nyong mabuti yung mga nasa picture, tandaan ninyo ang mga mukha nila para hindi ninyo makalimutan… na ang mga TRAPONG ito ay HINDI DAPAT makakuha ng kahit anong pwesto sa gobyerno! effective next election!

  • ofwme2807

    VP Binay, ex-convict pres. Erap, lolo sen. Enrile, former sen. manay ernie maceda they are sending wrong signal to the public, they support Gwen Garci-a, the suspended governor of Cebu, which is against them being public servants and officials themselves…Kung ordinaryong tyo si GRO Garci-a pwede silang kasuhang coddling and usurpation of authority…Itong si Binay et al nakakuha ng opportunity para magpa-epal at publicity…Politics in the Philippines kakasuha…Ito ang UNA party mga balimbingan at party ng mga trapos at political dynasties na dapat ay ibinaban ng Constitution…Magsama sama kayo dyn at ng i-order na ang paglusob para i-disperse na sila..Ibagsak ang UNA party lalong lalo na ang trapo at dynasty na mga Binays, walang mangyayari sa reforms kung yan ang mananalo…

  • ofwme2807

    lahat pumapapel umeepal makakuha lng ng publicity stunts at support kunwari ang mga trapong UNA sa pangunguna ni Binay…May God forbid na maging pangulo itong corrupt n mga Binays, kanya kanyang gimmick at pakitang tao…si Gwen Garci-a eh kalaban ng mga yan hindi naman magkaka alyado yan for convenience lang at photo ops yan…

  • Guest

    Lacierda and Carandang have denied [always] any political color in the
    suspension of Cebu Gov. Garcia. Of course, mga tuta ni Mar Roxas yan.

  • batangsulpok

    Lalong nakakaawa ang Pilipinas pag ibinoto ng taong-bayan sina Binay, Enrile, Maceda, lalo na si Erap pero madaling utuin ang mga Pilipino kahit naturingang karamihan ay nag-aral, buti pa siguro yun mga utak pulpol.

  • Jack Phalaphitac

    Vultures. Three birds of the same feathers flew to Cebu to meet with another bird of , right, the same feathers. The bird in Cebu is inside a room she does’t want to leave. If that room is a cage, it is amazing that this bird does’t want to be turned loose, doesn’t want to fly away to distant lands, or over green fields, trees and mountains, flowers and forest fountains, as Sir E would say. What is so peculiar about that room in Cebu capitol that she does’t want to abandon, even compelling the birds from Manila to be there as well? 
    Leaves one to imagine that, if these birds are vultures, they maybe feasting on someone’s carcass inside that room.   

  • LegalJustice

    6th day:

    These 3 Musketeers arrived in Cebu but did not give a good advice to the Ex-Gov Garcia to follow the rule of law instead condone her action of defiance the more they encourage her to do the wrong path.

    The more this Ex-Gov will be more arrogant that she think she is above the law and giving a public impression that she is being supported 100% of the Cebuanos which is further from the truth.

    They are really testing and undermining the leadership of The President of The Philippines a duly elected President.

    These 3 Musketeers is really looking for big trouble and are giving a bad example and insinuating this is political.

    A big trouble is in the offing maybe President Aquino is just silent – for it Christmas Time wait and see – what will happen after the Holiday.

    I hope President Aquino won’t compromised the rule of law or else these 3 Musketeers will do it again and again.

    Its already loud and clear with there action that these 3 Musketeers think they are The Law – Its just unbecoming. A bad Example for the young generation of today.

    DILG need to implement the rule of law she was given an ample- time. Action is now needed don’t prolonged this situation for nobody will ever follow the rule of law.

    Its time to send the SWAT Team tear-gas the vicinity and if she put the law enforcer in danger then she need to be maimed and flew over to Manila and but her behind bars. So the 3 Musketeers can visit her as they please.

  • innocentyears

    my worry is that media (or probably just INQUIRER) will be using this issue to fan the flames of division between the two ruling parties, where in fact there are none.

  • garcia677

    This political action to support  a would be ousted governor by UNA led by Binay exemplifies idiocy  first to Binay as the head and next to the rest for without examining the bad consequences of their acts, they appeared in a band in fanfare to show concern and support instead of airing their advice for Garcia to respect and uphold the rule of law, which they had sworn to protect when they took their oaths.

    This political action to support a person to defy a lawful order of suspension imbibes in me an education that UNA led by Binay is above the law. That they’re untouchables, that they can toy with the law. If this be so, then Binay is a dangerous person unfit to become the next President of the country for how can he govern morally and uprightly with this kind of character trait?

  • entong238

    Si Binay at ang grupo niya kunsintidor pala. Abogado ka pa naman Binay at alam mong masama yang ginagawa ni Garcia na bastusin niya ang batas. Mabuti naman at nakita na ng taong bayan ang masama mong ugali. Paano na kung naging presidente ka at may warrant of arrest ang anakmo dahil sa paggawa ng krimen di ibig nitong sabihin ay ibasura mo ang warrant?

    Sa aksiyon mong ito Binay ay natatakot na ako sa iyo kasi siguradong mas demonyo ka kaysa kay Marcos pag nahalal ka

  • athenapallas

    UNAng samahan ng mga bulok na politicos. sila mismo ayaw sumunod sa batas na sila ang nagpapatupad. Philippine politics The Buloks support the kapwa Bulok. Pare-parehong korap kaya alam nila ang feeling ng natiklong kasamang korap. Vomit-inducing to the highest degree.

  • graciano82

    ENRILE WHAT DO YOU MEAN TO SAY TO THE PUBLIC WITH YOUR STATEMENT THAT YOUR MEMBER GARCIA IS FACE BY AN OPPRESSIVE CONDUCT?

    ENRILE DURING THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF CORONA, THE HIGHLIGHTED PHRASE WAS RESPECT THE RULE OF LAW. NOW IN THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE OF SERVING A SUSPENSION ORDER WHY DO YOU ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT YOUR MEMBER TO DEFY IT?

    HA HA HA

    • LucianoChing

      To invoke rule of law,the government is required to exercise its power in accordance with well-defined rules and regulations.Many view the suspension as one backed by naked power and added by force of ambition…Who first violated the rule of law got an answer of violation too of the rule of law…
      If the suspension was deemed not in accordance with the rule of law,it will meet a non-compliance act..Since both sides claim not following the rule of law,it becomes a question of the chicken and egg..Which came out first?
      Huag munang maghusga,bagkos,abangan ang mga susunod pang kabanata….

  • dikoy321

    Medusa visited by a 3-headed Hydra and an Ork !

    Hercules, Legolas and Gandalf, please show them that NO ONE is above the Law !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • UrHONOR

    LARRY, Moe, and Curly with Cantinfllas visited Lucy to tell her to follow the rule of law, DAW.  

    But the fact is, “If we cannot support our members when they’re faced with oppressive conduct, then we might as well fall that soon,” enrile stated.  Samakatuwid, ang mensahe ay, “Sige, ituloy mo yang ginagawa mo dahil INA-API ka”.  Yan ba ang dapat na ipakitang asal ng nataguriang mga “liders” ng mangbabatas….ang pagbabale-wala ng batas?

  • ofwme2807

    kakasuka ng mga kuha nitong mga trapo at dynasty na naghahari sa bayan natin ngaun…nangunguna ang VP(di ko nirerecognize na VP yan) Binay, ex-convict sa jueteng Erap (di ba dapat disqualified na yang mamang yan kasi convicted nga eh), Marcos era pa Enrile (amoy lupa na) at si manay acheng Maceda (irrelevant na yan) sus ginoo dinalaw ang matandang Matronang si Gwen Garci-a yuk…yan ba ang mga lider ng Pilipinas buti kahit papaano umuusad pa rin kung wala itong mga ito kabayan sigurado bulusok na sa pag-usad ang Pinas…mga kabayan maawa na tayo sa ating sarili wag ng iboto itong mga trapo at dynasty na mga ito…

  • opinyonlangpo

    UNA has just lost vote rich Cebu. They just shown to the people that they have no respect for the law. Its not a surprise for people who knows their tainted track records.

  • tata_boy

    Pangkat ba ng mga tulisan at kawatan ang UNA?

  • virgo57

    The presence of UNA`s leading personalities at Cebu  Provincial Capitol are reunion of trapos, thieves, corrupts and immoral. Binay, Enrile and Erap are sharing their competence to beleaguered comrade governor on how to sell souls just to gain the position.Voters beware: Binay  is resurrecting GMA and the Ampatuans just to achieve his goal.Kapal mo nognog!!

  • virgo57

    The longer this ala teleserye novela at Cebu Provincial Capitol dragged for days, the more this stubborn epoxy governor may gained publicity mileage and putting bad light the leadership and competence of the sitting secretary Mar Roxas.As the drama goes, it appears that the government was held hostage by this situation and the UNA party was the benefactors. Enough for the diplomacy, the imposing authority should now exhaust what is appropriate of this stubborn epoxy governor. Teach her a lesson NOW NA!

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