‘Standoff’ affects public access to Capitol building

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People transacting business at the Capitol were asked to be patient with the current security setup which has restricted entry to the public since mid December.

“I’m asking the public to bear with the inconvenience because peace and order will eventually return to the Capitol,” acting Cebu Gov. Agnes Magpale said.

ENTRANCE

The main wooden entrance doors to the Capitol building remain closed since Dec. 19, when  Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia was served a suspension order and defied it, calling on followers to come to the Captiol to show their support.

Only  one entrance door at the rear of the building  is used by Capitol employees reporting for work and the general public.

The compound still has only one vehicle entrance gate near the Governor’s Office but direct access to the east wing where Garcia stays is limited to her family, staff, visitors and media men.

Not a  few taxpayers complained about the inconvenience.

Long lines of Capitol employees wait for their turn to register their time card in the bundy clock.

“What happened to the Capitol?  Why are we being made to suffer the inconvenience when we’re just trying to process our papers?” said one taxpayer  who requested anonymity.

Magpale said she already ordered the police to open the main door entrance and another  door leading to the Palace of Justice.

HOLED UP

The suspended governor is still holed up in her office   18 days after the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) issued the suspension order on her.

The hall leading to her office is occupied by her supporters. The  door leading to the area is covered by scotch tape with a chain attached to it.

The plywood board nailed to the windows of the governor’s office were lowered but supporters say these can be mounted again  to  stop any hostile force from forcibly entering to get Garcia.

A distance from the governor’s office, policemen  stand as sentries in a corner of  the Capitol building.

Less than 50 policemen in three shifts remain posted in sensitive offices like the treasurer’s office and cash division at the request of Acting Governor Magpale.

GARCIA’S PETITION

Magpale said she hopes Garcia realizes the detrimental effects of her continued presence in her office on  transactions and public access to the Capitol.

Governor Garcia is awaiting the Court of Appeals’ decision on her petition for a temporary restraining order against the suspension order issued by the Office of the President. A hearing is set on Jan. 10 in Manila.  /Correspondent REnan Alangilan

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  • Hey_Dudes

    Total disregard towards  Cebu taxpayers is what’s playing in this fiasco.  I hope Cebu voters are keeping tab of this situation and if there is anything to learn from this, may they be more wiser in the future to vote for people who do not have this kind of thinking.

  • blainz

    Hmmm, long queues… perhaps people asking for the toilet could be directed to Gwen’s office.

    All that expense for utilities and security better be charged to the Garcias. Asking the very same people who are being inconvenienced to pay for this kapit tuko exhibit is hypocrisy most  heinous.

  • dorothyanne88

    TEACH GARCIA A LESSON THAT SHE’LL NEVER FORGET BY WAY OF DUMPING HER ON THE DAY OF VOTING. HER KIND MUST NOT BE  SUPPORTED BUT INSTEAD BE NEGATED SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE WARY NOT TO COPY HER

  • Labandera1

    Enough is enough for this maximun tolerance. Abuso na masyado itong si suspended governor gwen causing inconvenience to the public.Evict Gwen Garcia now na…

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