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Cebu capitol starting to normalize

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CEBU CITY—Security at the capitol has scaled down six days after suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has continued to defy the Malacañang order that suspended her for six months for grave abuse of authority.

Employees and clients can now go in and out of the capitol compound, unlike the first few days of the standoff. Policemen also no longer ask visitors for their identification cards or require them to log in their names before entering the compound.

The number of policemen assigned at the capitol dropped from more than 200 during the first day of the standoff to less than 60 policemen.

Inspector Genesis Aniversario, team leader of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB), said these policemen from the RPSB and the Cebu Provincial Police Office were assigned at the different capitol offices and buildings, including the treasurer’s office, radio room and the legislative building.

A handful of policemen stayed at the large tent that was put up in the frontage of the capitol. But the police removed the police trucks that were parked in front of the capitol and near the entrance of the governor’s office.

But only one entrance of the building was opened for public use: This was the door located at the back of the building near the Provincial Assessor’s Office.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Assistant Head Wilson Ramos told the Inquirer that it was “business as usual” for all the offices yesterday.

Despite the situation, he added that their operations remained normal and that they had entertained requests from clients yesterday.

Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale explained that they had to tighten the situation during the first few days of the standoff to protect the capitol facilities and offices, especially that these occurred during nonworking holidays and weekends where there was no work at the capitol.

She said that while the number had been reduced, the police had to stay at the capitol to maintain peace, especially that Garcia had not stepped down.

Garcia told reporters that she was happy that the capitol was no longer in a “garrison-like” state.


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Tags: administrative complaint , Agnes Magpale , Cebu Province , disciplinary action , governors , Gwendolyn Garcia , Local authorities , Local Governments , News , Politics , Regions , suspension of public officials , usurpation of authority


  • Pert Cabatana

    Isn’t it most embarrassing that, despite all the dramatics, and all the claims of support from the people, there’s really hardly anyone there to support her except for direct family members (the dynasty) and their serfs? That’s really Gwen Garcia’s biggest challenge: how to just simply dissolve away from the scene without anyone noticing, for each additional day of low attendance/viewership is another day of major, major embarrassment.

    • sakinlang

      Why don’t she call the three “old men” and the pygmy back? Don’t she think that Enrile, Estrada, Maceda and Binay can improve peoples’ attendance?

    • indiosbravos2002

      Politicians and partymates from Manila will always try to fuel situation. Afterall, that is what they are expected to do. All Lip service yet will not take any responsibility if things go south. Remember Edsa 3. Brenda provoking the masses to attack Malacanang and later on denying her participation.

      Garcia should know better and realize that ahe is being used by the 3 prophet of doom to gain brownie points for their party. Yet it is her b@tt on the line, not Binay, Estrada nor Enrile. Having the president as your enem is simply suicide.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Send in the marines, army, airforce including navy ships to Cebu island. Drag Garcia by her hair out of capitol. It is an insult to the President that Garcia stays on with the Cebuanos. Penoy is bugok na itlog na hindi malaman ang gagawin….. nya ….hahaha…. Out with Garcia, enter Abnoy… of Manila.  

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    NORMAL? UNA SA TANAN – ABNORMAL ANG UNA.

  • ofwme2807

    wala naman palang mangyayari sa drama ni matronang gwen nilangaw sya wala ng supporters nya pati yung 3 hari wala naman ding naitulong ngpapicture lang para sa election campaign sa UNA walang iwanan…si gwen naglaho na mga plano nya hanggang june 2013 ngaun palang wala na syang power…lessons learned gwen??huwag magtiwala sa sarili may hangganan ang lahat…isa isahan ang bwaya at dynasty na Garcia family ng Cebu…



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