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Gwen’s son charges Mar Roxas, 3 cops over tent confiscation

The Capitol standoff entered its eighth day with the son of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia filing robbery charges against a Cabinet secretary and police officials for removing three tents used by her supporters in front of the Capitol.

Pablo “Paolo” Garcia III filed the charge yesterday against Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and three police officials, whom he said should be made to pay P7 million in damages.

Garcia, 33, said he rented the tents for P7,800 a day for the Mass and prayer vigil held for his mother’s supporters on Dec. 19, the day a six-month suspension order of the Office of the President was served.

The criminal charge was a tit for tat with government authorities, who had  sent about 200 policemen and two trucks to guard the entrance to the Capitol compound on the first tense evening after Garcia refused to step down, and busloads of barangay health workers  were brought in from various towns to support her.

In a commotion at the entrance gate  past 11 p.m., the team leader of the policemen who hauled off the tents and plastic chairs was angrily confronted and slapped on the head.

The scene was caught on TV cameras.

Paolo was one of three men identified in a complaint for direct assault by Insp. Alvino Enguito, police regional safety batallion, who filed the case in the Cebu City Prosecutor’s office yesterday an hour before Paolo filed his robbery case against Enguito.

Also named respondents in the robbery case were General Marcelo Garbo, PNP director in Central Visayas;  Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag, commanding officer of the PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion; and Inspector Enguito.

Paolo, in his complaint, said he learned that Secretary Roxas gave the orders for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to dismantle and take the tents away.

“Until this date, the respondents have failed and refused to return the tents notwithstanding their knowledge of the fact that the tents are not owned by the Province of Cebu,” Paolo said in his affidavit submitted yesterday.

Administrative complaints are also expected to be filed against the respondents before the Office of the Ombudsman or the PNP.

Paolo said he rented the tents from Sheentrade Marketing in Minglanilla and that he was entitled to actual damages from Dec. 18 until the tents are returned.

He demanded P500,000 in attorney’s fees, P5 million in moral damages, and P2 million in exemplary damages.

An hour before Paolo filed his complaint,  he and two companions were named in the direct assualt charge by the police.

Insp. Enguito identified Paolo, Jose Ma. Primitivo Cal of Labangon, Cebu City  and Tonyson Lee of Black Panda Travel and Tours in Mandaue City.

In his affidavit, Enguito said he was one of the police officers fielded to secure the Cebu Capitol and was strolling about in full uniform at 11:20 p.m. when Paolo “without any sufficient provication” hit him at the back of his head several times.

“After the assault I was a little bit dizzy and suspect (Paolo) immediately ran and took refuge into the Capitol building,” said the 27-year-old Enguito.

He said Paolo’s two companions—Cal and Lee—also hit the back of his head.

“My men could not arrest the suspects for they were outside the iron perimeter fence and they went inside the Capitol building. The agitation could have sparked a bloody confrontation but we chose to be calm,” Enguito said.

Two other  policemen signed a joint affidavit to support his account.


In an interview, Paolo denied  hitting the policeman in the head.

“I’m surprised why a complaint was filed against me. We know from a reliable source that someone urged him (Enguito) to file the complaint against me,” he told reporters.

He was accompanied by his wife Michelle and Capitol consultant Lito Astillero in filing the complaint.

“None of the video footage showed that I hit someone during the commotion. I’m willing to face the charges so we’ll arrive at the truth. This is purely political harassment,” he said.

In his complaint, Paolo said he rented the tents on Dec. 18, Tuesday.  The next day, he said 80 to 100 uniformed policemen arrived and stopped the prayer vigil in front of the Capitol.

Upon hearing the commotion, Paolo and Cal went down from the Governor’s Office to ask about the presence of several policemen.

Paolo said the policemen dismantled the tents and stacked the monobloc chairs which were loaded on PNP trucks. He said he asked for a written order for their action.

“They angrily waylaid and pushed me and my friend Jose Cal and did not bother to respond to my queries. We were threatened and intimidated by their long firearms and could do nothing but helplessly look on as they proceeded to dismantle the three tents,” Paolo said.

He said he told Enguito the tents were not Capitol property and should be returned. /Ador Vincent Mayol, Reporter

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  • PikonNaKami

    Ironic way to show that your mom is innocent of the charges of grave abuse of authority is to slap a cop on the head for doing his job.

    These were illegal structures set up on government land.  If one of Garcia’s political opponents set up tents for prayers in front of the Capitol, I am sure this Pablo Garcia III will be the first to dismantle these tents. 

    The apple does not fall far the the tree.

    • Alejandro Canda


  • rayingga

    your a great liar Paolo Garcia

  • virgoyap

    Which is more condemnable Gwen Garcia’s disobedience against the government order or the three policemen who confiscated their tents?

  • jgl41456

    Gwen Garcia should be dragged to jail if she resists PERIOD!

  • Alejandro Canda

    This action of the Garcias is a blatant show of force against a duly constituted government authorities which must be answered with calibrated response to show to the people that the Pnoy government is not a weakling and let us see who will end up the ultimate loser. This Garcia family are so arrogant and it is high time for the government now to act decisively because their actions might be interpreted that they are untouchables and above the law.

  • julieboy

    ABUSADO!! Even her own kids think they own cebu.What a sad state of affairs.

  • Sippho

    ngano jud mandahig  ug laing tawo si SUSPENDED gov gwen garcia? kung tubagon pa lang unta niya ang kaso nga gi-file sa kanhi vice gov sanchez, nga excessive abuse of power, wala na untay problema….kana man jud nga gi-file ni kanhi vice gov sanchez, dokumentado kaayo na, duna nay mga hard evidences…tubaga lang suspended gov garcia palihog….tapos….diha masuta kung angayan ka bang masuspende o dili…

  • johnlordphilip

    Politicians are suppose to serve the people, not to act like they own the position and the place they serve. If higher authorities (like the office of the president) say that you have done wrong… then the right way is comply and apologize to the people. Instead, Filipino politicians have the habit of clinging to their post, as if they OWN it! These politicians don’t deserve our respect, least they respect higher authorities or the people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    Ba’t nagrent pa kayo ng Tent para sa mga supporter nyo papasukin nyo nalang sa loob ng Provincial Capitol at magsamasama nalang lahat total inangkin nyo naman na parang kayo na ang may-ari ng Capitolyo. Isa pa e hindi naman totoong nagpepray yang supporter nyo para maabswelto kayo kundi kung kailan nyo na cla babayaran sa kakalamay magdamag dyan yatis!

  • virgo57

    The Garcia family; Pablo, Winston, Gwendolyn & Paolo are stooges of Philippines society. They are menace and should be given a lesson. This lady governor is on shopping forum for sympathy while her UNA party is agitating the issue and the disgruntled CBCP will magnify the matter putting Pnoy administration in bad light. Binay is so greedy and corrupt that he instigated the defiance to create a tug of war and earned pogi points for his advantage. This drama will soon boomerang and explode at their faces as the public are well aware who are the real culprit. Hilas kaayo ning mga yawa morag si kinsa ngil- ad ra ba mga hichura pwera gaba.

  • regd

    Gwen will look good with a fashionable expensive scarf on her neck hanging from the capitol roof! I will donate one at no cost to the government including pushing her from the roof edge.

  • tolelot

    siguro 100% di na mananalo ang garcia sa cebu…

  • wilfel

    What a shame for an adult to denied what he have done. Be a man admit what you did to a cop. Don’t hide behind your political mother for protection. Yours are family of crooks in the first place so be a man to come out face to face with the authorities and not behind lawsuit. Sice Arroyo are longer in osition to help so your family now run ti Binay for help. What a turncoater are your family.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUNBI66J3EGEPMV5LFCN53OUGI JEO

    They must pray in the church or their chapel in Bantayan island.. The government has alwasy the right for their property..This incompetent politicians are the reasons why we are poor because they think they own the City or the whloe island of Cebu. These people must be prosecuted to give them and others a lesson.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    They created the problem, instead of stepping down as ordered by the DILG they stayed and fight the lawful order thus these things happened. I will assume that they will keep on fighting until more tragic incident happen then they will blame it to the administration.

  • lolo_Jose

    Ang anak ng Reyna ng Cebu nakisawsaw na rin..kaya ang magiging talagang laban ay 

    LP at UNA. Tatlong Hari ang nasa likod ng bugok na anak ng Reyna ng Cebu. Abanganang susunod na kabanata mga apo dahil may  titiklop sa mga to.Ang UNAno ba na si
    Binay o si Pnoy ang yuyuko?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CYUXU35XHVC6K7HGRCZNI7JOFA PAZ

    May video at makikita kung siPaulo Garcia ang mismong nanakit sa pulis. Sabi abusado daw si Garcia. Maraming abusado ngayon. SI Presidente nga ikinulong si Abalos di pa man nalilitis. Arestado si Arroyo di nalilitis. Abusado. sinuswelduhan ng taongbayan ang inaatupag ay gipitin ang mga kalaban. Walang abusado kung walang paaabuso. Si Padaca na may kaso ng Pandarambong piniyansahan pa at itinalaga ni Presidente.ABUSADO?

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