Police, Garcias trade raps over tent removal



SUPPORTERS of Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia troop to the capitol after she was suspended by the Department of the Interior and Local Government. TONEE DESPOJO/CEBU DAILY NEWS

CEBU CITY—The courts are becoming the next battlefield between the camps of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and acting Gov. Agnes Magpale as Garcia continued to hole herself up inside the governor’s office here.

On Wednesday, Pablo “Paolo” Garcia III, son of Governor Garcia, filed robbery charges against Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and several police officers for the removal of tents put up in the provincial capitol for supporters of Garcia.

Police retaliated with an assault charge against the younger Garcia for allegedly slapping a police officer during an altercation over the tents.

Charged by the younger Garcia in the prosecutor’s office, aside from Roxas, were Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, Central Visayas police chief; Insp. Avelino Enquito; and Supt. Leopoldo Cabanag.

Charged by police aside from Paolo Garcia were Garcia supporters Jose Ma. Primitivo Cal and Tonyson Lee of Black Panda Travel and Tours.

Witnesses tagged them as the ones who punched Inspector Enquito while police were dismantling the tents meant for supporters of the suspended governor.

Police submitted footage from a TV station that captured the assault on Enquito to back the charges.

The footage showed Lee hitting Enquito in the back while Paolo Garcia and Cal were yanking the policeman.

Governor Garcia said her stay at the Capitol was a “major” change in lifestyle for her.

In an interview on Thursday, Garcia told reporters that had her suspension not come, she would be visiting towns and cities in the province like she used to.

“I used to travel around. Travel the length of this province. Never for so long have I been confined in such a small space,” she said.

Garcia said she had to sleep on a mattress on the floor beside stacks of boxes on the second floor of her office.

“That’s the price I have to pay for taking this stand,” she said.

“I am now standing for over a million Cebuanos who voted me into office, once, twice, three times. People are seeing that I am made into a test case. I am standing firm,” she told reporters.

As of 1 p.m. on Thursday, the Garcia camp is still awaiting a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the governor’s suspension.

Garcia petitioned the Court of Appeals to stop the suspension and issue a TRO.

“The court has taken cognizance of our case. I am really praying very hard as well as our supporters that we will get justice and the right thing will be done,” Garcia said.

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  • VeryDisgusted2

    For blatant abused of authority and then as a bad example for disregard authority, she should be chained, dragged, and exiled to Panatag Shoal. Chinese should be notified they are going to have an excellent artillery target without a RP protest, or ideal shark bait for their marine research needs.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      She’s just emulating her former boss GMA.

  • Rogelio Y. Dela Cruz

    Gov. Garcia please answer the charges against you. Don’t muddle the issue, the truth will set you free.
    You just reaped what you sow.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    What Gwen Garcia means is that she’s not used to staying at the office that long.  That means she’s not working.  As for the younger Garcia who assaulted a police office with the rank of inspector, as usual VIP suspects and criminals like him have the money to file counter charges.  That’s the common defense of the bad guys.  In clear view of the TV footage, the younger Garcia was shown assaulting a person in authority.  Assuming without admitting that the police illegally removed the tents, a civilian like Garcia had no right to assault a person of authority.  Let’s give this spoiled brat a lesson.  If he could assault a police officer, just imagine if he encounters an ordinary civilian.  

    • batangpaslit

      Noel…the police is agent of authority yata. The person of authority are like the mayor?
      Paki verify mo nga sa mga Philippine lawyers kung ano ang category ng police o sino ang mga agent of authority?

  • i_am_filipino

    Send a military and storm the office. She is classified as a terrorist

  • batangpaslit

    nang nabatukan ang police officer, bakit hindi inaresto ang nambatok ng police na nabatukan?

  • rayingga

    EX Gov. Garcia get the hell out of that govt. building . Squatting is illegal.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XTJNLA3GPJ7H3JUCA3FYVXD3DM JoelT

    ang kapal talaga ng mukha.. kung sino pa ang pinakamataas sya pa ang pasaway.. let the rule of law prevail at kung tlagang wala kang kasalanan ttakbo ka ulit nxt time at dyan mo malalaman kung uupo ka pa o hinde na.. di ung para kang alinta na sobrang kapit sa upuan nakakbaba yn ng dignidad.

  • rezli

    di siya takot, 3 kings na trapo yung backup niya..

  • abner

    wala pala magawa si nyoynyoy dito eh hehe…

    • EOJ

       Tanga! hindi magtatagal yan may desisyon na korte. kung gugustuhin pwede syang pwersahang ilabas sa opisina nya. pero mas matalino si PNoy dahil mag da drama lang si gwen para makakuha ng public sympathy.

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