Gwen taps Corona’s lawyer to contest her suspension



Suspended Cebu Gov.  Gwendolyn Garcia met yesterday with her lead counsel from Manila to prepare for  oral arguments to be made before the Court of Appeals  on Jan. 10.

She met behind closed doors for more than two hours with lawyer Tranquil G.S. Salvador III of the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & Delos Angeles (Romulo) law firm.

Salvador told reporters later  they have a strong case and are confident that the CA will grant their petition for a temporary restraining order on Garcia’s six-month suspension.

“Well yes, we’re ready. We’ll be prepared for the oral argument. Siguro kung mababasa ninyo ang petition, maganda iyong petition,” he said.

(If you read the petition, it’s very good.)

Salvador – best remembered as the spokesman of the defense panel during last year’s impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona – wouldn’t say what  was discussed with his client.

He arrived at the Capitol yesterday morning and was immediately ushered into the Governor’s Office where Garcia has been holed up  for 18 days.

The meeting was also attended by her father Deputy Speaker Pablo Garcia,  his lawyer-son  Congressman Pablo John  Garcia and Gwen’s daughter  Christina Codilla Frasco.

Frasco, a senior associate at the  Romulo law firm, will be part of her mother’s legal team.

The appellate court’s 12th division  is composed of Associate Justices Vicente Veloso, Eduardo Peralta Jr., and Aurora Jane Lantion.

Garcia said she trusts her lawyers whom she said have gone “beyond  100 percent” to prepare for Thursday’s hearing in Manila.

“I trust my lawyers, and I trust the law firm itself. It has an impeccable reputation. If you talk about preparation, I think they go even beyond. They walk the extra mile. But then of course, it is all a matter that is subject to the appreciation of the court and so I think it’s also important that we can also lift our eyes up to God and pray,” she said.

“We know very well that this case has gained national attention and I think most Filipinos are looking at this case right now so we pray that justice will prevail,”  Garcia said.

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  • Komen To

    We really hope justice will prevail. But I’m just curious, you filed a TRO and didn’t get it. Does it mean you can still stay in the Capitol even if your TRO was not granted? Is that the usual justifiable action? I’m just asking to be educated in your law

  • basilionisisa

    wow, mapera! may pambayad sa mga mamahaling lawyers. di pwedeng kunin sa gobyerno ang pambayad dyan, Gwen, personal mo yan, private yan.

    • gwenbalili

       kung hindi na suspenso si gwen, hindi nalaman ng taong bayan na ang mga birthdays at travel expenses ng mga garcia dynasty ay charged pala sa cebu capitol.. ibang klaseng level ng kapalmuks. WHEW !!!!

  • wilfel

    Why are we having this kind of politicians in the country. Just accept whatever judgement that was given to you. Why are they always try to fight it is as it is the last day of their life. Can they not happy to be a Governor for almost 12 years. Are they trying to rob more from the goverment since they have only a few months to go. Why not just say enough is enough since i almost finish my term.

  • joshmale2004

    “We know very well that this case has gained national attention and I think most Filipinos are looking at this case right now so we pray that justice will prevail,”  Garcia said.
    Off course you have gained national attention and all Filipinos are aware of your case and also hoping justice will prevail and eventually waiting for the day you will be ushered off the Capitol.

  • joshmale2004

    Seems your petition for a TRO was not granted and your petition will be heard as a regular case. Without the TRO, its moot and academic that you should step down and let the suspension be served while your appeal is being heard thru a court hearing.

  • Hey_Dudes

    No doubt there must be some money – considerable amount that is – to be made inside the office of a governor.  Otherwise, if it just for the sake of redeeming oneself that is at the center of this ego trip, it probably isn’t worth a hill of beans.  For crying out loud, are these dimwits saying if individuals allied are going in to see them, these are allowed inside the building but not when others such as police or people’s representative, they are verboten?  Anong kalokohan yan alam ni Gwendolyn Garcia siya ba ang me ari ng capitolyo?

  • blainz

    Ah, birds of the same lawyer…

    Let’s hope Atty. Salvador will be as successful with Gwen as he was with Corona. Since among their probable first order of business is how to keep Gwen in the Capitol Hotel while the lawyer argues in court… may I suggest that this time, please leave the wheelchair out of the script. That plot is a dead horse by now.

  • EOJ

    The suspension is immediately executory pending appeal. The maximum tolerance of the acting gov and the DILG is remarkable.

    Garcia is clearly a lawbreaker who is cementing her reputation as the poster girl of trapo politics.

  • Pert Cabatana

    “super extra tolerance” is fine. But indefinitely allowing this impasse while waiting for the extreme legalistic processes to proceed is one more clear example of the government’s inability to implement laws and impose discipline. Allowing Gwen to use the TRO process as a pretext for her continued defiance is really no different from the chaos and ethical fracas (not to mention real economic losses) everytime a traffic accident occurs: notice how drivers involved in minor traffic accidents and their vehicles are allowed to impose inconvenience and inefficiency on hundreds of other motorists while the traffic officer performs his legalistic duty of preparing his on-site report etc. The Gwen impasse is no different from that all-too-common traffic impasse. This does not happen in Singapore. One more clear explanation why Singapore is 8x wealthier than the Philippines: inefficiencies caused by extreme legalism

  • Paul G.

    Suspended Gov Gwen should leave the Capitol while preparing for oral arguments to be made before the Court of Appeals on January 10.   The Capitol & its funds are not for personal use. 

    I salute the super maximum tolerance of the DILG and Acting Gov. Magpale but there has to be a limit to everything. 

  • graciano82

    TRO isn’t difficult to obtain since it’s a judicial process moreover the CA is ranged by corrupt justices and she has the money to bribe. But surely once Garcia is awarded with one then lavish news propaganda is her home to attack her enemies. Hoping these Cebuanos teach her a lesson this looming election day by giving her a Zero vote.

  • Alejandro Canda

    It is very erroneous to use the petition for TRO to stave the eviction of Gwen Garcia as there is no more use or value of said TRO it being moot and academic already.  There is no nothing more to be restrained. All the powers of the governor have been exercised already by the Acting Governor. In fact when the CA scheduled the petition for hearing, the petition has been converted into a petition for relief  from judgment in which case, even if Garcia can secure a favorable ruling, the same is appealable to the Supreme Court. Garcia cannot immediately exercise her powers and reassume as Governor unless the Supreme Court will decide with finality. Most likely, the terms of Garcia expires already when the Supreme Court decides with finality.      

  • Alejandro Canda

    why of all the lawyers, garcia used salvador as her lawyer? he is a part of the legal team of corona which suffered a very very humiliating defeat. in fact this lawyer is  known being a spokesman of corona and with their defeat, he should be shunned as the prospect of a favorable decision is so dim for garcia.

  • alpine11

    “We know very well that this case has gained national attention and I
    think most Filipinos are looking at this case right now so we pray that
    justice will prevail,”  Garcia said. 

    Hahahaha.. Very correct gwen. And now we know the true colors of UNA, especially Binay. Thanks a lot for telling us NOT TO VOTE for them and the Garcias. Your name is rotten.

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