UNA says LP control of Cebu motive on Gwen Garcia case



Control of vote-rich Cebu is the main reason for the suspension of Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for usurpation of authority, according to the political coalition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA secretary general, said Garcia’s suspension is part of a plot by the ruling Liberal Party (LP) to rein in Cebu in what he said was a glaring example of abuse of power.

“Nothing can justify abuse of power no matter what the LP and its apologists say,” said Tiangco.

Still holed up inside her office at the Cebu provincial capitol, Garcia has asked the Court of Appeals to issue a temporary restraining order to stop her suspension.

“Since a case has already been filed before the Court of Appeals, the administration party should allow the courts to decide,” Tiangco said.

UNA leaders Binay, former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile also visited Garcia in a show of solidarity.

Tiangco said it was not surprising that one of the first acts of Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, now the acting governor, is to close down a provincial government-owned media outlet, Sugbo, because what the LP did in Cebu is tantamount to martial law.

Tiangco also scoffed at statements of the Liberal Party spokesperson, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, saying the party had nothing to do with Garcia’s suspension.

“Harassment is harassment,” said Tiangco.

“Those who are now invoking the rule of law and the righteous path should first examine their tainted political and moral backgrounds,” he said.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, LP vice chair, said the suspension of Garcia was just a simple administrative case but some people are putting political color into it.

Belmonte said the service of the six-month suspension order was part of the “course of justice.”

“I don’t think anybody is being harassed by the LP,” the speaker said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NK45FSERDNP42R527PYPDWM6FA Cebuanodiay

    Vice President Binay, please don’t divide the Cebuanos. Teach us instead, to respect the law. Or do you really want to divide and conquer Cebu?

    Please unite the country! Teach us to work together guided by the laws of the land.

    • Benito Juarez


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HAPQVQNMOOCNHB54ONDGD2KSRE esther


  • $14334231

    …and your three wise guys don’t rein makati, san juan and cagayan???…don’t dare to throw a boomerang as it always come back to you…..zip your mouth….2016 is way too far yet….remember the fable, “the turtle and the hare?”….if not, read and learn from it…you cannot pollute the minds of the filipino people all of the time….and positively NOT THIS TIME, mr tiangco!!!!!…..

  • LegalJustice

    My advice to VP Binay do not let Ex-Gov Garcia astray don’t tell her to stay put and defy the rule of  law. 

    Being a good leader you need to abide with the rule of law and be a good example to the young generation of today.

    Make sure to also let your comrades: Mr. Estrada and Mr. Enrile know that too.

    Happy New Year !

  • Pedro_Gil


  • Luthmar

    Hey Tiangco, what else is new.  If not the LP, for sure it will be UNA.  Same difference; so, please keep your opinion to yourself.

  • Todd Sales

    Hoy UNA! Cebuanos are not stupid. We know how to see things correctly. Gwen Garcia deserves this suspension. She has wronged the Cebuanos for 9 years and it’s time for her to go down.

  • JohnDoeGB

    Anong rule of law? Rule of PNoy ang sabihin nyo! Of course, the respondent Gov. Gwen has the right to ask remedies from the courts and contest the findings of the investigation that recommended her suspension… and also to contest the validity of it all as it has lapsed the time provided by the law. Si PNoy nga hindi sumunod sa law eh. At timing pa talaga sa holidays para Gov. Gwen cannot seek TRO immediately from the court and they can proceed with the take down of the media arm of the provincial government. It is indeed a harassment! Ayoko ng corrupt and tiwali and this time mali ang tingin ko sa ginawa ng LP, DILG at ni PNoy. Huwag na nga kayong magbulagbulagan pa. Alam na man nating lahat na may katiwalian din yang si PNoy at ng LP nya – Virginia Torres, Rico Puno, Mayor Lim, small lady, congress pressure/bullying, etc. Bakit ba ang tingin na ng marami ay hindi siya nagkakamali at tama na siya sa lahat ng bagay. Kung gusto natin ng pagbabago eh dapat tayo mismo ang tutuwid ng daan.

  • CebuanongOrig

    Mr. Tiangco, do not upset the Cebuanos.  Be reminded that Mar Roxas got a much bigger number of votes than PNoy in Cebu in 2010.  What VP Binay is doing supporting Gwen does not augur well to the Cebuanos.  Instead of improving the Binay votes in vote rich Cebu, he would be getting even less support from us because of your wrong perception of the Gwen suspension.  So it is better you shut up than open your mouth if you want to help the UNA cause.

  • Guest

    Sa iba pang kaaway ng LP at ni Sec. Roxas sa buong kapuluan, humanda na
    kayo dahil baka kayo na ang susunod!

  • Guest

    Kawawang Pangasinan Gov. Espino. He was tarred and feathered in the
    public eye without any chance to defend himself. Ogag talaga si Sec. Roxas.

  • bryant85

    UNA such statement flung against the LP is a sweeping one devoid of logical explanations that encourage me to believe that UNA is only witch hunting for support from the Public to get even with the LP as a machination to drumbeat sympathy from the reading public and the electorates of Cebu.

    Are the candidates of UNA so desperate to hit below the belt like a tired and hopeless boxer hitting the crotch of his foe as a way out of his predicament?

    How can LP as you contend control the votes of Cebu if Gwen Garcia is suspended illegally? It’s a reverse logic prompting your allegation to be concluded as groping in the dark. You UNA members must be grateful instead of baby wailing because her illegal suspension is your ace to debunk the LP candidates in Cebu.

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

    wag nyo dapat iboto c binay,estrada,enrile,di naman makakatulong sa bayan.ang makati kahit di sya ang mayor doon mayaman na yan kasi karamihan company doon pag aari ng multinational firm.

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