Palace to respect CA if it issues TRO on Cebu gov’s suspension–Lacierda


Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — While its order suspending Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia was final, Malacañang would respect any temporary restraining order from the court, Malacañang said on Monday.

President Aquino’s spokesperson, Edwin Lacierda, said the Office of the President’s decision on Garcia was final and executory, and could not be “stopped’’ by any TRO.

But in a briefing, Lacierda added:  “The Court of Appeals will convene next year, and it’s certain that they will study what will be their decision on the TRO. If ever they issue a TRO, certainly, the government will respect that.’’

Garcia was suspended for six months over alleged grave abuse of authority stemming from the complaint of usurpation of authority filed in 2010 by then Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez. Sanchez died of cancer a year later.

A vote-rich province, Cebu has played a large role in the election of national candidates.

Garcia, a member of the politically entrenched Garcia clan, had petitioned the Court of Appeals to stop the Department of Interior and Local Government from implementing the order, and decided to hole up in her office at the provincial capitol pending the outcome of the case.

If the court would not issue a TRO, Lacierda said Garcia should then “follow the rule of law.” “Meantime, let’s wait because there’s no action yet by the Court of Appeals on the matter,’’ he said.

Lacierda said the government was not setting a deadline for the stand-off at the Cebu provincial capitol to end, saying the OSG has submitted its comment on the matter.

The suspension order has put the administration on a collision course with Garcia and the United Nationalist Alliance, which has thrown its support behind Garcia.

Lacierda also said that the President and Vice President Jejomar Binay, who along with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former President Joseph Estrada flew to Garcia’s side last Sunday, never had a chance to talk.

“Apart from their meeting during the Rizal Day, there was no chance for them to talk so we don’t know if they had talked about it. But remember there is a pending petition for TRO with the Court of Appeals. Let’s just wait for the Court of Appeals decision,’’ he said.

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  • doncleo


    • Darwin

      Kung kwarta pag-uusapan, di ba mas malaki piñamudmod ni abnoy sa pork barrel during the RH at impeachment times?

      • Lakan Dupil

         mas malaki darwin ang nakurakot ni GMA, ng mga Garcia at lalo na ni Binay sa kaban ng mahihirap.

      • Darwin

        Beside the point. Yung pork barrel na piñamudmod niya, pera rin ng Bayan.

      • kim l

        E ano ngayon kung napasa ang RH bill? As if di ka gumagamit ng condom…spain nga may RH Bill tayo nalang wala.bobo

      • Thewgao

        hayaan nyo nayan c darwin, di nya alam sinasabi nya..

      • Ding

        Pero, ipinamumudmod sa dapat bigyan…that’s been going on in all other administrations, isn’t it…kung nabigyan ka in previous admin, may katuwiran ka ngang magalit ngayon, tama man o mali.

      • Ismael

        Ang baba ng tingin mo sa isang Presidente ng Pilipinas at walang katibayan
        na pinamumud ng Pangulo ang Pork barrel sa RH at impeachment times. Igalang  at respetuhin ang mga binoto ng mga mamayan.

      • Darwin

        Really, di ka ba nagbabasa ng diyaryo? O yung press release ng mga retarded ni carandang ang binabasa mo?

      • Ding

        Nagbabas ka pala…sana alam mo ang kahulugan ng mga binabasa mo.

      • Ding

        Mas gusto mo ba kung ibinulsa na lang niya sa sariling bulsa?
        Saka nagkaroon ka na ba ng comparative analysis, pork barrel vs. corrupt practices apart from the project bridges sa ilalim ng pilapil or over the rainbow?

  • nennen12345

    lisud na gyud biyaan ang capitolyo sa for so long years of office.  remind ko lang, this is no more arroyo days.  

  • kilabot

    wrong attitude. 
    tro should not be respected. that’s the new normal; 
    gwen should not budge and remain in the capitol; 
    noykapon should bulldoze his way into the capitol like a triumphant general; 
    let saliva flow.

    • Lakan Dupil

      he he nag-iisip ka talaga kilabot. pa-wrong attitude ka pa dyan. sa tingin mo ang hindi pag respeto sa TRO ay good attitude?kampon ni Binay

      • Darwin

        Kesa naman kampon ni mar konyo.

      • Ding

        Unggoy pa rin…sana magpakita ng pag-evolve into a homo sapien.

  • Faisal salman

    Pagpatak ng alas dose mamaya pasukin na ng Swat ang kapitolyo at kaladkarin ng palabas si Gwen Kulubot ..magkaputukan man hinde masyadong mapapansin sabay sa paghiwalay ng taon…

  • LucianoChing

    If the suspension coming from the Office of the President is” final and executory” and “cannot be stopped by any TRO”,then it would be foolish for the CA to rule otherwise…
    Will Garcia go to the SC for a question of law?

  • Fred

    For CA to gain back its credibility, respect and integrity, must not issue the TRO.

  • Gerald Abueva

    Governor Garcia should just respect the suspension. Weather weather lang naman yan. She happens to be in the No. 1 vote-rich province. Cebu happens to have strong influence on other Visayas provinces. Those two factors alone will make Cebu mission-critical for winning 2016. Any politician in Mar’s shoes would also do the same. If Binay were the DILG Sec, he would also protect Governor Garcia as his ally. Governor Garcia should realize she’s just a collateral damage of an even bigger national power struggle. If she does not want to get hurt, umiwas na lang siya. Time to cut your losses and move on Governor Garcia. Baka mapahamak ka pa.

  • PAZ

    Tama, sundin ang utos ng Presidente.Mas mataas sya kesa Garcia at sya ang masusunod. Tulad noong piyansahan ni Presidente si Padaca na may bintang ng PANDARAMBONG at itinalaga pa nya sa Comelec. Si Arroyo ay di pwedeng magpiyansa ayaw pagpiyansahin! Tama ang Presidente lamang ang dapat masunod. Yes lang ng yes!

  • PAZ

    Ang batas sa Pilipinas ay para sa MAKAPANGYARIHAN LANG!!!!! Pwede mong gipitin, ikulong ng walang paglilitis ang kalaban pero pag kakampi kahit may kaso ng PANDARAMBONG Presidente pa ang magpipiyansa.Pinakamagandang sistema ng HUSTISYA ay sa Pilipinas. ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!!!!

  • LegalJustice

    I believe the Court of Appeal will follow the rule of law and go  with the suspension of Ex-Gov Garcia.

     I don’t think they will issue a TRO.

    Let just  see what happen.

  • est

    Nabasa ko sa newspaper noon si gma ay nakuha ng highest votes sa cebu noon daya pala yon dahil sa alyado niyang si garcia

  • fredo_arnibal

     mga corrupt sa cebu ang pamilya garcia. maraming kaso. makapal ang mukha ni gwen……………

  • jamesgeorge

    If the Palace is set to obey the TRO if issued by the CA, the people of the Philippines not just Cebu is calling on suspended Gov. Garcia to obey the law and vacate the premises of the capitol once their petition is denied!! Tama na ang walang kares-respeto sa batas na mga talamak na pulitiko!

  • FJ Torreiglesias

    Ano Edwin Lacierda- pagod ka na mag twist ng facts para sa boss mo???

  • disqusted0fu

    Edwin Lacierda must have one of the toughest jobs ever! He always has to conceal and make excuses for the shadiness of this Aquino administration. And there has been a lot already!

    • FJ Torreiglesias

      no wonder both he and aquino always look so sick and confused..

      • disqusted0fu

        Exactly! And you can add Valte, De Lima, , Roxas, Morales and the rest of the KKKs on the list. It is hard to look after your image and popularity when you have hardly done anything advantageous for the country.

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