Speaker Belmonte on Cebu governor’s suspension: Not political at all



Speaker Feliciano Belmonte ARNOLD ALMACEN

MANILA, Philippines — Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on Thursday the suspension of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for usurpation of authority was just a simple administrative case, but some people are putting political color into the matter.

Belmonte, the ruling Liberal Party’s vice-chair, said the service of the six-month suspension order was just the “course of justice” taking place.

Garcia, a member of the United Nationalist Alliance, has defied the suspension order by holing up in the provincial capitol and seeking a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals.

Her supporters have contended that the move against her was just political harassment because she is from UNA. Garcia’s brother Pablo John Garcia is running to replace his sister for governor against the LP bet Hilario Davide III. UNA officials Vice President Jejomar Binay, former President Joseph Estrada, and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile have also visited her to lend her their support.

But according to Belmonte, the matter is not political in the first place.

“I think they’re trying to inject politics into it. It’s a simple administrative case and I don’t think anybody is being harassed by the LP,” he told reporters in an ambush interview.

He said President Aquino was just trying to enforce a decision, and has left the matter in the hands of the appropriate authorities.

The Palace ordered Garcia’s six-month suspension for allegedly usurping the authority of her vice governor to hire contractual employees and consultants. Garcia has since filed a petition to stop the implementation of the directive.

Garcia’s suspension came after Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino was accused of receiving payoffs from the illegal numbers game jueteng. The Department of Interior and Local Government, headed by LP stalwart Mar Roxas, has since ordered Espino’s investigation.

Espino’s party, the Nationalist People’s Coalition, dubbed the move as political harassment. Espino is seeking another term as governor against the LP’s bet Hernani Braganza.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

    may maitim at maliit na maligno ang gustong maghasik ng lagim…….

  • Lakan Dupil

    Malikot at marumi lang talaga ang isip ng mga taga UNA.

    • samarutan

      Takot sa sariling multo.

  • OFW Reader

    Their trying to inject politics, kasi nga ume-epal. So sana naman, sa mga darating na halalan matuto na tayong mga Pilipino.

    “Wag iboto ang mga maligno!”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5EV2FNQUSNLESIPZKVIR43JSCI Juan Dela cruz

       Yan ang problema sa Pilipinas masyadong kapit tuko ang mga Politicians sa position kahit suspended na sya ng Government… sa Japan nagpapakamatay ang mga napapahiya, dito sa Canada na resign ang mga napapahiyang politicians, sa USA naman nakululong ang mga politicians na umiiwas sa suspension.

  • boybakal

    Speaker Belmonte on Cebu governor’s suspension: Not political at all…

    I agree, Suspension of the Governor is not political at all.
    Medyo nagpakilala lang si Mar…..I am the Boss.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NRZR3QB4FIUC46DORT5ALT62IA Roger

    stop comparing garcia’s case  to espino. mababaw ang basehan kay garcia kumpara kay espino. si espino mismo nyang tauhan ang nagtuturo pero hanngang ngayon ang bagal pa din ang kaso. roxas lumabas ka jan sa lungga mo. hanggang ngayon tuloy pa din ang jueting sa pangasinan na ang front ay jai alai

  • zeroko

    Don’t believe what ever Speaker Belmonte says. That old goat keeps on changing his loyalty. He was very close to Gloria during her term, now, he is singing a different song again. He has lost his credibility long time ago. May political dynasty na siya dito sa Q.C. He has no moral ascendancy to govern.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    Cebu is Garcia. Garcia is Cebu. It wil never be a turf of Aquino or Roxas, my friend said.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall


      • Pinoy1960

        Hahaha…… Tamaaaa…..

    • im_earth

       hhahha. tama, utot nga lol

    • loythegreat


      PNoy’s supporters cannot contradict your opinion so they resort to name calling and ad hominems. LOL

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/B5VIXDJ2WNIXH2WGVMCMOEKZC4 Cmac

      haha…check 2010 election results tol.
      Roxas and Pinoy got more votes than Gwen in Cebu alone.

      If you want her, please by all means, let her lead your province. Huwag lang sa Cebu.

      • basyong

        hwag ka namang magrely sa hokus pcos ni abnoy.hehehehe mas maraming itanapon na pera si kalbo at si aswang diyan sa cebu kaya nagkadaleche leche ang bilangan hindi malaman kung tutuo o hindi dahil sa ginawa ni kalbo at aswang na hokus pcos hehehehehe

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/B5VIXDJ2WNIXH2WGVMCMOEKZC4 Cmac

        Estorya boreche lang ka da.
        Bigay ka ng proof bago mag comment ng walang laman.

    • Ping Gonzales

       In the early 50’s Serging Osmena liberated Cebu from the Cuencos an aliies of ex Pres Quirino but he never build a dynasty after his term took the gadget from him while he compaigned & was elected in the Natl leval until he was the first victim of dagdag-bawas in the Presidential election against Marcos unlike the Garcias di naman papuli uy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OXAZFHCT6QUOIEVEKIIYT3LQIY Jose

    Gov. Garcia is under suspension..Why she still in the Capitol? If she’s not guilty as charge, let her fight it where she will not disrupt the bussiness of Cebu Province. She is playing a “Hero”. She may not as guilty as charged but let her fight it not in public property where the function of the office is being compromise..She should get out of the Capitol for the all Cebuanos. She mught be guilty as charge to all people as we think in NewJersey,USA. if she keep on doing what is not right. She is suspended per the office of the President and she will fight it getting out of the office of the Governor which is for now she not.

    • Usi Sero

      I’m from New Jersey and I’m not one of the “WE” you mentioned. I agree all should obey the law IF it is applied equally…not just to the perceived enemies.

  • regd

    What political color? They are politicians! Everything and anything they do is tainted with political brush! It comes with the job. If she cannot handle the punches then get out of the ring!

    • joshmale2004

      maganda yang sinabi mo tol.

  • Your_King

    Cebu governor’s suspension is all political. Everything the government and Aquino’s Administration does is all political. When was the last time something was done that benefited the poor masses and poverty stricken Filipinos?

    • im_earth

       read more news

    • loythegreat

      What kind of question is that? Of course, they have the CCT which benefited poor Filipinos who can now get drunk and gamble their easy-earned money. I wish the government could set up a welfare state so that poor Pinoys no longer have to work. Make the welfare checks bigger so that they can buy iPhones so that they will no longer look poor.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/B5VIXDJ2WNIXH2WGVMCMOEKZC4 Cmac

        hehe…is that an Erap joke?

      • Your_King

        The CCT is from a old prior existing program that Aquino inherited. The CCT’s intent was to help the poor. Aquino has done nothing to improve the program or to create new ones to help the poor.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/B5VIXDJ2WNIXH2WGVMCMOEKZC4 Cmac

      Binay? Enrile? Erap? PJ? Doling? Ikaw ba yan?

    • Ping Gonzales

      Hoy magbasa ka read what this adm ni noynoy has done umiral na ang economy lesser na ang corruption altho nadyan pa kaya kung gusto nating umiral pa sundin nating ang batas hindi lahat na katiwalian na aayusin nga eh politically motivated, sa darating na araw meron din opesyal ng LP na nasuspendi 0 matalsik kaya wait lang tayo ok?

      • Your_King

        If you are looking for corruption, look no further than into Aquino’s Administration. He has shady people with questionable activities like Puno, Padaca, Llamas, Lacson running the country.

    • catmanjohn

      Any politician who has had such strong ties to the traitor, thief Gloria Arroyo should be suspect of graft, thievery, abuse of power, and as presently demonstrated, an arrogance that they are above the law.

      • Your_King

        You might as well be talking about and referring to NoyNoy’s KKK. They all are suspect of graft, thievery, abuse of power, and as presently demonstrated, an arrogance that they are above the law.

      • catmanjohn

        Finger pointing Arroyoists should be ashamed of themselves. Let us take a closer look at the situation in the West Philippines Sea with China.
        The present course President Aquino is taking on this issue is the best path, letting the International Maritime Committee determine the ruling, which would give the decision international legitimacy. Without it, the present tiff is just child’s play, and a bluff by the Chinese to protect their under handed deals with the corrupt Gloria Arroyo, who signed away the rights for her own personal gains. There lies the Philippine’s biggest problem… The world knows her elections were rigged, and when the same lame politicians who supported Arroyo, now realizing what is at stake, and the betrayal, will soon come out in droves to expose her  crimes in order to delegitimize all her shady doings with China.

  • batangsulpok

    Habang mga Cebuano ay di nagigising sa katotohanan na sila ang niloloko ng kanilang mga opisyal tulad ni Garcia at dapat sila ang gumawa ng aksiyon pero kung susuportahan at mag-barricade sila, sila ang talo, talagang bobo’

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/B5VIXDJ2WNIXH2WGVMCMOEKZC4 Cmac

      Are you crazy? read more new and cebu forums if meron at gaano ka raming cebuano supports ba ang nag support kang gwendoling.

      • batangsulpok

        Kaya nga sabi ko ay gising dahil Governor, Garcia, Congressman, Garcia, Mayor, Garcia at kayo bang mga Cebuano ay umaasenso o mga Garcia lang at pamilya nila?

  • loythegreat

    Tell that to the Marines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/B5VIXDJ2WNIXH2WGVMCMOEKZC4 Cmac

    So if Mar enforces a suspension order from the president and basta hindi LP yung sinuspend, automatic political?

    Come one. Have brains for crying out loud. As if you know Gwen ‘Doling’ Garcia’s reputation in Cebu.

    • blowcoldblowhot

      DILG Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas tried to wash his
      hands  from this suspension by using the
      name of the late Secretary Jesse Robredo as the person who recommended the
      Governor’s suspension. But wait-a-minute! Didn’t this same Jesse Robredo not
      give Gov. Garcia and the Province of Cebu two plaques of appreciation for Good

  • pasaway008ako

    Narito na naman tayo. Kung hindi ninyo kayang pairalin at ipatupad ang suspension ay huwag na ninyong ituloy at nakakahiya lang kayo! Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo? Aber?

  • pasaway008ako

    Sakit ng Pilipinas, masyadong panatiko sa partidong politika. Bakit sa America, mismong kasamahan sa partido ang magpapatalsik sa iyo kung mayroon kang nagawang kasalanan. dito sa atin naman, mga kasama mo sa partido ang magsususol sa iyo na huwag sumunod (sa suspension)!

  • kentjohn

    pag member ka sa liberal party ,hindi political pero kaming mamayan na nakintindi sa sitwasyon,100 percent kami political ang nagyari..gibulokan man cguro mo…

  • hustlergalore

    una pala si gwen. ay oo nga, matapos kay gloring.

    mula sa una? napulitika lang ako? binay na binay ang pagdadahilan a.


  • 33Sambuang

    naunsa man mo oi. suspended na dili pa molakaw. di na madala ni belo ang nawong nimo gwendolyn oi. pahawa kag giatay ka

  • 33Sambuang

    Mga bogo. Pila may gihatag sa mga Garcia aron magvigil mo dinha? Daghang kwarta ng mga hinampak kay tilap man sila sa lubot ni GMA. Haysssssssssss perteng ninyong mga bogoa.

  • tonyoks

    gwen garcia,why do you have to cling to your position like “TUKO”???

    Wala na bay uba?

    was it because of the 1 million votes you promised to the matriarch of the arroyo political dynasty that you think you perceived yourself above the law???????

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS


    ANA: “Hindi ba merong 2-party system ang Phl ‘gaya ng US bago ibaba ni Strongman Ferdie Marcos ang martial law noong 1972? Batay sa history, ito’y ang mga partido Liberal (LP) at partido Nacionalista (NP), o, ‘di ba?”

    LISA: “May tama ka r’yan, ‘ga. Kaya nagkahetot-hetot ang politika rito sa Phl eh ginawang multi-party system ni FM at itinatag nito ang sariling partido, ang Kalipunan ng Bagong Lipunan (KBL) kaya nagresulta ito ng multiplication ng mga political parties!”

    CION: “Kaya tuwing sasapit ang eleksiyon eh muling nauuso ang mga PUTAHENG balimbing, political harassment, political butterflies bilang pakulo o depensa sa mga akusasyon ng magkakalabang partido. Sige, pagparti-partihan n’yo ang nilulutong PUTAhe, cooking-ina n’yo!!!”

  • Practicalandconcerned

    Kapal in Garcia, mura sad siya ang tagiya…pahawa! Walay utang ang mga tawo nimo…u screwed up!

    • virgoyap

       Paiyak-iyak pa ang maldita morag artista. Maay si Santiago magminaldita kay naa may ikabuga.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    it’s all about politics, what else, you fűcking foòl!

  • theoklab

    nice article. belmonte as next pres. of phils. is better for filipinos than mar roxas or binay.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Gwen — deserves that suspension for 6 months to answer all her allegations involving the CICC lamp post worth billions and it looks like a simple warehouse.And, the Barili property which she sell for 10M.

    I think it would be better for her to step down and resigned on her post. The people of Cebu were tired of her corruption. The people of Cebu needs a better leader for the future not an arrogant leader.

    • blowcoldblowhot

      There is No doubt that the case has survived the death of the
      complainant, and has outlived the mandatory 120-day period, under Section 63
      (c) of the Local Government Code, within which administrative cases shall be
      The imposition of a 6-month suspension in a
      case, which involved purely procedural questions regarding the implementation
      of the budget, and no accusation of malversation of public funds, or
      involvement in illegal activities such as gambling, or any offence involving
      moral turpitude, is unprecedented in its harshness. But it is the timing that
      reveals the harshness of the political motivations that underlie it. Her term
      is due to end six months from now, so that this suspension actually amounts to
      a removal from office.
      That it is imposed five months before an
      election, in which the LP ruling party is making a bid for the Governor office,
      to ensure that a party member and ruling party candidate (and sister of a
      Cabinet secretary) sits at the helm of the province during the election period,
      drowns out the feeble legal arguments upon which the entire case rests.
      This suspension falls into a pattern we are now
      seeing-consisting of administrative actions against local chief executives not
      belonging to and contested by the Liberal Party–which betray a clear abuse of
      political power. This is, plain and simple, a power grab.

  • kilawon(the return)

     Don’t trust the imperialist ,CEBU should stand as the opposition province of the Philippines!

  • http://twitter.com/MarkAnthonyNeri Mark Anthony Neri

    buti di pinatulan ng administrasyon ang UNA.
    Trabaho na lang, bayaan nyo sila mangampanya. At the end of the day, if maayos ang trabaho sigurado kung sino i-endorse ni pnoy panalo yan.

  • kilabot

    it’s religious reason. that’s what everybody thought all along. thanks specker.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJQZNP2INB2MDJNJSIE2ZSY2AM garapata

    Pakapapalan lang yan ng mukha, nangyari na yan sa Makati.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    “Speaker Belmonte on Cebu governor’s suspension: Not political at all”

    At habang sinasabe ni Belmonte ang mga salitang ito, tingnan nyo ang kanyang MALAKING ILONG, di lang mas lalong lumalaki, HUMAHABA pa na parang pinocchio…hehe


  • disqusted0fu

    such coincidence isn’t it? and so was Espino’s suspension.

    Ok speaker Belmonte. Good job defending the president! now what is it that you want? anything? a higher position perhaps?

  • Guest

    Kaya nga nakakatakot itong si Sec. Roxas. Inaabuso niya ang kanyang
    kapangyarihan to harass his enemies. Patay tayo diyan.


    • PasswordFlame

      ang may atraso lang yung matatakot,baka may atraso karin..ikaw lang siguro ang patay..

  • doublecross

    kung may kasalanan, suspendido ka. hindi yan political harassment…..intindi!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    bakit wala bang kaso si garcia.kung may kaso suspindehen,bakit sinosolsolan pa.ang batas ay batas pag maykasalanan dpat ikulong.

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