Belmonte: Garcia case a simple admin case, not political harassment

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte ARNOLD ALMACEN

MANILA, Philippines — Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Thursday maintained that the Liberal Party was not harassing suspended Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

In a chance interview with reporters at the House of Representatives, he said that it was likely that those insinuating that the ruling party was harassing Garcia just sought to “inject politics into a simple administrative case.”

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) led by Vice President Jejomar Binay has recently slammed the order to suspend Garcia, saying that the LP was abusing its power as the ruling party and was harassing Garcia.

But Belmonte urged them to instead allow the justice system to resolve the issue, citing Garcia’s petition for review with prayer for the issuance of a temporary restraining order pending before the Court of Appeals.

“I don’t think we in Congress are in any way involved there and despite the fact that I’m friends with Cebu Representative Pablo John Garcia (the younger brother of the suspended governor), I myself just want to let the course of justice do its job,” he said.

“The case is pending with the CA, I’m sure the CA will be mindful of the fact that the attention is there and will speed up its deliberations. I think that there is no need for all that tension,” added Belmonte.

He further defended President Benigno Aquino III whom he said was only “trying to enforce a decision. It is no longer in his hands but in those of the authorities.”

“The governor is insisting to the extent that she is stating put in her office and like all dramas, things come to an end. I just hope that it will be something that can be accepted by everybody,” Belmonte said.

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  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    e si padaca nabigyan pa yun ng pwesto a

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

      Kmmpon ka ng mga maiitim at malignong ispiritu kagaya ni Binay!

      • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

        huwag mo k0 isama sa mga yun at baka mas galit pa ako kesa sa yo s mga yan

  • billy gunner

    what a way to twist facts. pinaiikot na nman ng LP ang ulo ng mga pilipino. how come the suspension was only ordered very lately? the timing is suspect as the national elections looms. playing hard to get lang itong si belmonte. kilitiin niyo na baka umamin na rin!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

      Ikaw and nagpapalabo sa pilipinas! 

    • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

       The problem here is that you failed to prove that there are twisted facts.  “timing”, “coincidence” cannot prove anything. 

      • billy gunner

        really? so i suggest that the suspension be handed down after elections. let’s see who’s got the last say here.

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        really! Your previous and recent comment does not prove anything.

      • billy gunner

        fact no. 1: the suspension was handed down very late.

        fact no. 2: the suspension covers the election period.

        now it’s either you’re pnoy himself dressed as pons or a paid malacanang hack! lol

      • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

        paid? That’s adhominem. I could say that you are being paid by Garcia or UNA pero hindi ako nagdu-dwell to that very low level of thinking like you.

        Again, you have “facts” (i hope you understand the meaning of quoted words) but failed to prove anything. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TI55XLCNTWAACFSQMEP3AOSHPA Mita

    Penalizing an erring and lawless local official like Gwen “Kapalmuks” Garcia cannot be called “abuse of power”. UNA and the Three Corrupt Kings are the ones twisting the facts to gain sympathy. Am glad that they have gained the wrath of the people instead.

    • billy gunner

       wrath of the people? you mean the malacanang people?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/TI55XLCNTWAACFSQMEP3AOSHPA Mita

        unbiased and discerning Filipino people …. unlike you.

  • Bunot-Supo

    Abuse of power by LP? So what? Gwen’s case is also abuse of power. The reason why Gwen terms the case as “power grab”, not “abuse of power” because she must be ashamed of being told “look who’s talking” 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    The malignant spirit in the person of VP Binay is just trying to grab the limelight because they know that the massive defeat of UNA candidates in the 2013 election is coming. It’s lucky if UNA senatorial candidates can get 2 slots. 

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

    It is very simple, the governor had committed unlawful act and has to be given 6 months suspension by DILG  with the approval of the president being the executor of the law… so it must be enforced otherwise it will not serve the purpose! Suspension timing has no barring on this as it is under the DILG prerogatives.

  • kentohtan

    pag mga garcia,mga kontrabida talaga..

    eddie garcia

    rodolfo “boy” garcia

    gen carlos garcia

    • mari suli

      Huwag mong kalimutan si Winston Garcia.

    • maniniyot kho

      may nakalimutan kapapare yong kamukha ni gwen, si bino garcia original na kontrabida ang pinanggalingan ng kanilang lahi.

  • RomyLitz

    The investigation started since the late Robredo’s time. It had undergone the due process. Harassement or not, have to prove it in court, meantime , let Garcia be physically booted out from her post ASAP !!!

  • joshmale2004

    Ngayon putak ng putak si Binay at Erap. Nung sinampahan ng kaso mga alipores ni pandak pati si Corona, wala silang imik. Halatang play safe sila.  Kahit sa RH Bill, play safe sila. Ngayon naman akala mo ang gagaling nilang mag salita.Utak politiko talaga sila.

    • mari suli

      Tamang tama.Hindi bale lalabas ang baho ni nognog sa susunod na election.Nakaligtaan lang iyon noon dahil kulelat siya survey noon.

  • kentohtan

    di ba itong si gwen garcia eh dating viva hotbabes?so governor na pala sya ng cebu?

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    the 3kings is now called THE BULLYBEE. not edible but makes you puke.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUE7BZXUJ7I5AFIBEPSIBONAHA Alfred A

    How about the case of Padaca? Since she is from LP no nothing, in fact promoted pah????

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DMQA5JDNNAY3CTREKDGKPNQD6A ronie

      correct!

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

        iba yun c padaca kay garcia…tingnan mo yun mukha n garcia ang kapal

      • mari suli

        Tama kasing kapal sa kapatid niya sa GSIS.

      • marionics

        oo nga. putang inang hayup na winston yan. pweh!!!

    • mari suli

      Malayong malayo si Padaca sa Gwen niyo. Honest mistake lang iyong sa kaniya.LOL

    • puza65

      read the comments of JOSHMALE2004 para maliwanagan yang mga utak ny…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D3LDMMAKC6UDQLDVFP2DGSJBXY Jezzrel

    6 months suspension and its a simple admin case? if simple why don’t you suspend a month only if its really simple?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA yahoo-AMG5EDI2JBQRL4Z5H2L7ED4OQA

     NO TO ENRILE..NO TO ERAP…NO TO BINAY..NO TO GWEN AND NO TO GMA

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marc-Avila/100004211946347 Marc Avila

    NO TO ALL POLITICIANS , REVOLUTION IS THE BEST SOLUTION.

  • gerp

    quinta is qashing away all corrupt officials… malakas lang kumapit talaga… baka may next storm pang kasunod…pag di pa umalis sya.

  • wawa2172

    6 months of suspension and its a simple administrative case. What the f*$#k, are you kidding me old man. If its a day or two, I would believe what you say but the length of period of subjective suspension for Gwen is too long to be simple. Again, the fight between Gwen and Sanchez then is political and personal matter. Its the vice governor disagreeing with his governor for political purposes and ambitions. Same with Gwen who has pride that cebuano’s politician are known. LP do no have control in Cebu reason they want to weaken Gwen and the Garcia’s. We all know that LP do not have likings on Garcia’s who are known allies of GMA then. Remember that it was in Cebu that GMA won by landslide against FPJ and there was no cheating mind you. Cebuano’s are just intelligent voters and they did not vote for the action star. Besides Gwen is with UNA and not with LP. Padaca was luckiest because she is a KKK of PNoy and an LP.  The party made sure that she is untouched and like a fraternity sister she will be protected by the machinery of the party. She is now with comelec and is invoking her right to be immune from suits or charges in court. She is their for an ultimate purpose: To ensure that the votes of LP candidates will be protected and counted. Why can’t the administration appoints comelec who are not politicians. How will Padaca perform in the comelec, sure she will effectively work for LP, right Belmonte? If Gwen is a simple admin case for LP then Padaca is an ultimate show of favoritism as an ally of LP. Di ba Belmonte?

    • mari suli

      WAwa ka talaga.Natatakot ka sa sarili mong anino.Pare ko iyong UNA mo ang may mga masasamang record.LOL.

      • wawa2172

        Sorry folk but you are at the wrong side of the issue. I won’t vote for UNA senatorial candidates except for Migz and only one in LP too in Koko Pemintel. all from Mindanao.The issue is about the statement of Belmonte and focus question is Gwen suspension a simple admin case? Ive presented issues on both UNA  and LP, that is Gwen and Padaca. So if you are accusing me of supporting UNA then I am sure that you are an LP fanatic. Sorry to say folk, I am not a fan of the 3 Kings of UNA neither the 3 Musketeers of LP. Focus on the issue brother brother para di ka mawala sa matuwid na landas.

  • joshmale2004

    ERAP lost in Cebu during his 2 times Presidential candidacy. ENRILE never fared well in Cebu when he ran for Senator. BINAY lost to Roxas in Cebu for the VP election. Cebu voters never liked traditional politicians.

    • puza65

      MATATALINONG BOTANTE ANG MGA CEBUANO….

      • joshmale2004

        I agree with you even I am not a Cebuano. That’s why my post above. You people there know how to judge character.

  • Ambotguid

    Mga trapo: Unite!  Mga tuko: Kapit!

  • joshmale2004

    Excerpt from Rappler News dated Aug 16, 2012
    MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan issued hold departure orders (HDOs) against Cebu Gov Gwendolyn “Gwen” Garcia stemming from her graft cases.
    The anti-graft court’s second division issued the orders on Thursday, August 16, barring her from leaving the country without clearance from the court.
    The Sandiganbayan also ordered the Bureau of Immigration to put her name on its Departure List.
    Associate Justices Teresita V. Diaz-Badlos, Napoleon Inoturan, and Oscar Herrera Jr signed the orders.
    The governor is running for senator in 2013 under Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). Garcia recently joined Binay’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, a coalition partner of UNA.
    Garcia faces two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation in a case that was filed by the Office of the Ombudsman on July 19.
    The case is rooted in the government’s allegedly anomalous purchase of a P98.9-million land in Tiga-an, Naga, Cebu. Garcia approved the purchase in 2008.
    The Ombudsman and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources discovered that 19.67 hectares of the 24.92-hectare property is under seawater.
    Also charged in the first graft case were Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Juan Bolo, Provincial Appraisal Committee Chairman and Provincial Assessor Anthony Sususco, Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre, OIC Provincial Engineer Eulogio Pelayre, Provincial Budget Officer Emme Gingoyon, and private individuals Ampara and Romeo Balili.
    Garcia was the lone defendant in the second graft case and the technical malversation charge.

    • pubringjuandelacruz

      with that report. the more she should be suspended. she might use her authority to enforce her will. 

  • justconcern2020

    tumanda kna d muparen ma ilagay un sareli mo paninindigan,TRAPO KATALAGA BELMONTE,,,!!!!!isa kang bayaran n pinot,,,,

  • wakats

    For fairness sake, the timing of 6-month suspension is highly suspicious for a simple case of “usurpation of the powers of the vice-governor” filed way back in 2010.

    No amount of explanations would justify the timing of the suspension that will run during the period of campaigning in the elections next year.

    The DOJ secretary plays a major role in this unfortunate legal action.

    • marionics

      DOJ? di ba admin case ito with the DILG?

      • wakats

        The 11-page suspension order signed by ochoa was transmitted to DILG for implementation.

        It was the DOJ who researched, analyzed and wrote the suspension order.

  • joshmale2004

    Sammy Co, the Mayor in Mindanao who got involved with a pyramiding scam was recently suspended indefinitely by DILG from his post. He is a member of Liberal Party. Likewise, Kalinga Governonr Jocel Baac, also a known Liberal Party member is currently under suspension for only slapping a radio announcer. Speaking of political harassment from binay? DILG is not doing political harassment. It is only doing its job in disciplining government officials whether they are LP or other party.

    • Aturni

      Suspended for how many months/days?

      • joshmale2004

        Indefinite. Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac a Liberal Party member is also currently under suspension for slapping a radio reporter. So DILG is not on political harassment but doing its job on disciplining erring government officials whther they are LP or belonging to other parties.

  • Your_King

    Aquino and his cronies strike again! If they don’t like you or if you are an opposition then you will be attacked and persecuted and even unlawfully forced out of your position. Aquino tells others to follow the law but when the law doesn’t fit to his or his cronies liking then the law gets bypassed and stepped on. People get attacked, some are jailed, and others are kicked out of their government position.

    • joshmale2004

      Sammy Co, the Mayor in Mindanao who got involved with a pyramiding scam was recently suspended indefinitely by DILG from his post. He is a member of Liberal Party. Likewise, Kalinga Governonr Jocel Baac, also a known Liberal Party member is currently under suspension for only slapping a radio announcer. Speaking of political harassment from binay? DILG is not doing political harassment. It is only doing its job in disciplining government officials whether they are LP or other party.

      • Your_King

        If this Sammy Co that you speak of was really involved with the pyramid scam shouldn’t a punishment more than just a suspension be adequate? These suspensions are mere soft slaps on the wrists by Aquino. They’ll be back in no time living their normal ways. As for oppositions, they won’t be so lucky as their political harassment will be continuous.

      • joshmale2004

        Well, He has to be tried first and if guilty, he will go to prison. NBI already filed a syndicated estafa last Nov 28, 2012 and also DOJ is already investigating the evidences. As for the opposition, if they are cleared, it would be difficult for the DILG to explain to public why they will not be reinstated. We’ll see when the time comes. Better not presume this early.

      • Your_King

        Yeah exactly, that’s the way it should go. Trial first and innocent until proven guilty. But if you are an opposition or political enemy of Aquino’s then its guilty until proven innocent. The double standards that Aquino has is what is not sitting well with not just me but many others. It’s just if you speak in the public against Aquino, then you’ll also be attacked.

      • Yesmie Asahib

        .hindi na pare kagaya ng dati na kahit nagkasala ka basta may kahati ang namumuno libre ka na..iba na ngayun pare, aminin mo man o hindi. dahil karamihang nahuhuli ngayun ay mga kaalyado pa ni Gloria dahil sila ang mga walang takot gumawa ng kalokohan. ngayun kapag nahuli sasabihing hina harass..

      • Your_King

        The Aquino Administration has a double standard. If one of theirs does something shady, it gets swept under the rug but if a political opposition does something shady they get harassed, persecuted, and forced out of their position or forced into jail.

    • Yesmie Asahib

      mali kaka pare, ang ginagawa ngayun ng Gubyerno ay ipinakukulong yung mga nagkasala at pinarurusahan..hindi kagaya ng nga nakaraan. hindi maparusahan dahil sila mismo ang kakutsaba sa kalokohan..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Balik tayo sa issue:
    Lumabag ba sa batas?
    Now is the time to support Anti-Dynasty Movement.

    • Yesmie Asahib

      kaya tung mga trapos na itong pumuprotekta sa mga tiwaling politiko..sila yung mga Dynasty na gustong protektahan ang ineterest nila..kaya mga kababayan, tulungan po natin ang ating Presidente kung gusto tala natin ng pagbabago..suportahan natin sya sa kanyang mga ginagawa..

  • joshmale2004

    I don’t know why some people keep comparing the case of Grace Padaca from Gwen Garcia’s present case. DILG means Department of Interior and Local government. DILG covers only erring elected Government officials. Gwen Garcia is currently an elected government official while Grace Padaca is not and currently not holding any elective position. So, how can the DILG suspend Grace Padaca when she is not under the Governance of DILG? In layman’s term, how can you suspend someone considered jobless? Her appointment to COMELEC is an appointive position of which only the President can remove or hire. Since, she is not yet found guilty by the Court, she can still be employed using the appointive power granted to the President by the constitution. Once she is convicted and the President will not allow her to be confined to jail, then we can subject the President to Impeachment. I hope you are clarified on this, unless you don’t want to listen to reason

  • disqusted0fu

    lets be honest! how many political foes of the Aquino administration have they attacked already in the past few years?! how many of them were politically motivated?! how many of their allegations have been proven?! enough with the lies! this couldnt be any more obvious!

    • Yesmie Asahib

      hey guy, this is not a personal attack, this is the sequences of what corruption they committed. this is the rule of law..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSFBL2UPAYEEIHSZWI35OB3ZEQ jun

      if we always crow that these people are being persecuted by the present administration, then where shall we go? we should have political maturity. every politician should know the consequences of their actions… legal remedies are there for the taking.

      • disqusted0fu

        not always. its only when its becoming too obvious. again, how many political foes of the Aquino administration have they attacked already in the past few years?! how many of them were politically motivated?! how many of their allegations have been proven?!

  • Guest

    Kaya nga nakakatakot kung si Sec. Mar Roxas ang magiging next President. Malamang na maging dictator yan. Takot ako!

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