Security eases up in Capitol; Wait till New Year, says Palace


SECURITY was scaled down at the Capitol yesterday after Capitol officials and police were criticized for making it look like a “garrison” as suspended Governor Gwendolyn Garcia refused to leave her office for the eighth  day.

Gone are the two police trucks parked at night in front of the Capitol quadrangle and near the main entrance gate of the governor’s office.

Yesterday, the number of policemen assigned there  dropped from more than 200 during the first day of the standoff to less than 60 policemen.

The governor, who spent Christmas at the Capitol with family, friends and allies, is still waiting for the Court of Appeals to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO).

In Malacañang,  Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda skirted the question of how long they would allow the governor to defy the suspension issued to her by the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG).

“Let me beg off from answering that for now. Let’s just wait for the New Year to pass,” Lacierda told reporters.

The Garcias and visiting opposition leaders of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) complained about heightened security at the Capitol during last Sunday’s visit was reminiscent of “martial law”.

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 ID cards or require them to log in their names.

Insp. Genesis Aniversario, team leader of the Regional Public Safety Battalion, said policemen from the RPSB and the Cebu Provincial Police Office were assigned at various Capitol offices and buildings – the treasurer’s office, radio room and the legislative building.

A handful of policemen stayed at a large tent in front of the Capitol.

It was “business as usual” for all offices in the bulding said Wilson Ramos, Provincial Social Welfare and Development asst. chief.

Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale said security was tightened to protect Capitol facilities and offices in the compound, where several hundred barangay health workers were transported by bus from different towns the day before the suspension order was served.

She said policemen were asked to stay at the Capitol to maintain peace, especially since Garcia hasn’t stepped down.  Garcia told reporters that she was happy that the Capitol was no longer in a “garrison-like” state.

The UNA coalition led by Vice President Jejomar Binay lashed out at the ruling Liberal Party for committing “glaring violations of the law and clear abuse of power” in enforcing Garcia’s suspension.

“Nothing can justify abuse of power; No matter what the LP and its apologists say, the people of Cebu know that “Mar-tial” law has been imposed in their province,” said UNA Secretary General and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco.  /Inquirer with stories from Reporters Aileen Garcia Yap and Jucell Marie P. Cuyos

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  • LucianoChing

    Face-saving scheme on the part of Pnoys’ men responsible for coming out with the erroneous suspension of Garcia is full pressure on the Court of Appeals not to issue a TRO….Naka2hiya na rin lang kayo,lubos lubosin nio na…
    The suspension order,whoever recommended it,was a very stupid move of the administration…An open defiance by Garcia,with no action coming out from Pinoys’ camp,might convince the public that such move was merely for LP political advancement…
    Too many cooks spoiled the broth….

    • goodH2O

      If it is erroneous, the more the CA should issue a TRO to correct the errors. But i believe the suspension have enough basis to stand in court and this is the reason the suspended governor do not want to leave.

      • LucianoChing

        The CA cannot just come out with a TRO with full-court pressure coming from all sides of the administration..It is already a given in our country that whoever is in power gets all the perks.Both sides stand their ground for a reason and just like in a ball play,whoever gets the breaks of the game will eventually be the winner…Unless of course,the referrees are non-partisan…As the Palace said,wait till after the new year….

  • Alejandro Canda

    UNA must be the the first one to observe the rule of law. The trouble with this people is that they are associating a purely administrative case like an ordinary case in our courts of law where a decision of a court can be stayed upon the filing of a notice of appeal and a petition for a TRO. But it is different when it is an administrative case because a decision to suspend under our jurisprudence is IMMEDIATELY EXECUTORY leaving no opportunity for the respondent to ask for relief. His/her only remedy is an appeal if it is applicable or to go to the appropriate court for relief but in the meantime the decision to suspend must be implemented. What appears here is a show of force which is an  open challenge to a duly constituted government authorities to enforce the suspension order. Binay being the vice-president and Enrile being a senate president serving the government, must be the first ones to advise Garcia to follow the suspension order rather to encourage her to violate the rule of law. The rule of law that they are mouthing is farce and contradictory to their sworn duties as public officials. Binay and Enrile know by heart being lawyers the intricacies of the law and they are fully aware that their actions are exactly opposite to the rule of law that they learn as lawyers. What they are really practising is RULE OF LAW FOR POLITICAL EXPEDIENCE. SHAME ON THEM.

  • PAZ

    Umalis na si Garcia di ba nya nakita ang nangyari sa pagmamatigas ni Corona? Corona Abalos Arroyo at iba pa. Baka ma whistle blower at little lady pa sya ,alis na. Baka madagdagan pa kaso nya. Umalis na sya. Baka mamaya PANDARAMBONG na ibintang sa kaniya. Kita mo naman si Presidente pag kakampi kahit may kaso ng Pandarambong pinipiyansahan pa niya. Yan ang justice Pinoy style.

  • Labandera1

    Manang Gwen squater ng capitolyo. Pahawa na diha uy. Kabaga gud nimog nawong bayhana ka.

  • RomyLitz

    Garcia is guilty as charged . That act of defiance is to cover her inevitable ignominy in case she is successfully booted out from the capitol.

  • maniniyot kho

    Lahat ng transaction sa capitolyo ng Cebu ay kay gov. Magpale na ang final na desisyon, lalong napapahiya na itong si Gwen. Kaya habang tumatagal lalong nagmukhang katawa tawa na itong mga Garcia at ang mga suporter nilang may mga prensipyo tiyak na magbabaliktaran. Lalo na sa ginawang pananakit ng kanyang anak sa isang alagad ng batas, tiyak marami sa kanilang mga kaalyado ang tatabangan sa mga Garcia makikita natin yan sa 2016. Tama na ang political dynasty..!!!

  • dorothyanne88

    This blatant defiance of an honorable governor and public servant at that unmask the true practice that politicians in power are over and above the law to become imbued with a vain of untouchability.

    If Roxas can’t enforce the law then he loses at random his credibility to vie for the presidency in 2016. This defiance of Garcia is the acid test to his leadership potentiality that he must not neglect to enforce to the letter for every eyes are looking intently. 

  • Ping Gonzales

    Di pa ba nakunsensya ang mga Garcias na imbis yong mga police ay magtratrabaho para sa crime prevention ay ayon nauubos ang panahon sa mga gagawing di pagbabantay sa mga kawalang hiyang ginagawa na suspendidong guc at kapamilya nya, makunsensya naman kayo uy tapos ang mga police pa ang idedemanda Guv ARE U IN UR RIGHT SENSE /

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