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Pro-Gwen rally at Capitol today, anti-Gwen party to offer Mass



Two gatherings in Cebu City today will show the strength of supporters and critics of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

Police said they will exercise maximum tolerance in dealing with her supporters when they hold a prayer rally at the Capitol grounds, the second demonstration there since she went out to address a Dec. 30 rally of about 1,000 people.

At 3 p.m., the Liberal Party in Cebu will celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Sacred Heart parish in barangay Capitol to pray that the “rule of law” will prevail.

Tomorrow, oral arguments will be heard in the Court of Appeals in Manila on Garcia’s petition to stop Malacañang from suspending her for six months.

The hearing will be held behind closed doors.

The church is about 400 meters away from the Capitol where Garcia’s supporters will march from Fuente Osmeña.

“Everybody has a right (to a peaceful assembly). I just hope that it will be done in an orderly manner,” acting Gov. Agnes Magpale told reporters.

Police on crowd control duty will not carry guns, said a ranking police official.

A rally permit was issued for the pro-Garcia rally.

Rafael Yap, head of Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom), said they authorized Garcia’s supporters to use the inner lane of Osmeña Boulevard when they walk to the Capitol.

A group called the Cebu Aspiring Sector applied for the permit and asked for a road closure from 12 noon to 11 p.m. for a prayer rally but Yap said be was not recommending a road closure “because that is not a good time to close the roads.”

Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, chief of the Central Visayas police, said his men are enforcing “super maximum tolerance” per instruction of Magpale.

“We allow rallies as long as they are peacefully conducted,” he said.

Garbo, who is in Manila to call on PNP Director-General Alan Purisima, designated Senior Supt. Orlando Ualat to prepare the security plan for today’s mass actions.

Supt. Paul Labra II, chief of the regional police intelligence division, said the police will be augmented by about a hundred military personnel.

“Whether there’s a permit or not, the police are already prepared for whatever will happen,” he said.

Rule of law

Lawyer Democrito Barcenas, an LP Cebu spokesman, said their their activity is solely a litugical celebration.

“There will be no rally. We are praying for the rule of law,” he told CDN.

Barcenas said they want to avoid a clash between their group and Garcia’s supporters.

“But I’m willing to accept Byron Garcia’s challenge for a fistfight,” he quipped.

Barcenas said the Mass will be attended by LP volunteers and several cause-oriented groups.

“We’re praying for the enlightenment of the justices,” acting Gov. Magpale said.

Eyesore

As this developed, Provincial Board Member Arleigh Sitoy has asked Provincial Administrator Eduardo Habin to remove pro-Gwen placards near the entrance of the Governor’s Office removed for being eyesores.

“This constitutes littering” he told CDN.

“The Capitol is not Smokey Mountain where people can just freely litter, vandalize or even squat in defiance of the rule of law,” he said, referring to the famous garbage dumpsite in Manila’s slum.

One of the placards which was used in the Dec. 30 rally shows a caricature of acting Gov. Magpale with the words, “Gusto Ko Mopuli” printed. Another poster shows Garcia’s picture when she took her oath as governor, with a tagline that says “Only One Elected Governor of Cebu, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia”.

A third poster shows a photo of Garcia shaking hands with her supporters on the day the suspension order was served on Dec. 19. It has a tagline that reads: “No to MAR-tial Law!”. /Edison A. Delos Angeles, Carmel Loise Matus, Chito A. Aragon, Jucell Marie P. Cuyos and Ador Vincent Mayol


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Tags: Cebu City , Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia , Politics


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E5Q5PV6KNYNVSOCHXJVJPYUVFE cion

    Diktador na talaga ang pinaiiral nitong Presidente, eto namang si Magpale eh hindi nagiisip na   “The rule of Law is to abide by the Law,not to circumvent the Law” This President is obviously doing his personal vendetta vs his political opponents mercilessly (abuse of power) against Gov. Gwen Garcia ,who was elected by Cebuanos. sobra na ang pang-aabuso ginagawa nitong Presidente keso kalaban sa politika , eh hahanapan ng masama (dahil sa “obsessive compulsion)” nya at mga haragan naman ay sunod at nagbulag-bulagan sa mga pakunwari na pansariling interest lang ang layunin.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DCZWNOP3PJZTAT77LOLQLVCSG4 Leopoldo Herrera

       CION YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WITH AN EMPTY SPACE BETWEEN THE EARS. NOBODY DISPUTES GARCIA IS THE ELECTED GOVERNOR OF CEBU BUT SHE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR A LAWFUL CAUSE AND IF SHE IS NOT SATISFIED SHE CAN EXHAUST ALL LEGAL REMEDIES. BUT SHE HAS TO OBEY FIRST, UGOK !. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE FACTS VERY WELL SHUT UP YOUR MOUTH. YOU ARE TRYING TO EXPOSE YOURSELF AS DUMB AND STUPID.  DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT THE ” RULE OF LAW ” REALLY MEANS ? IF YOU ALLOW GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DEFY SUCH LAWFUL SUSPENSIONS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE COUNTRY ? THEY TOOK AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE LAW AND NOW THEY HAVE THE NERVE TO DEFY THE RULE OF LAW.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

        youre absolutely rght

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_THW5H2JWIB5LYEDPREEZMV4OBU Raymond

         secretary de lima did not receive the tro on time hence she proceeded with her actions. Know the facts first, mga kwangol !!!

      • blowcoldblowhot

        Where are you when DOJ sec. Delima did not obey the rule of law when she refused to honor the TRO on GMA? I am NOT a fan of GMA, you are just showing your bias on the issue of Rule of Law.

      • ed_nique

        so, committing another wrong makes it right?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

      Hoy tonto buang kwanggol

    • Labandera1

      Irong buang

  • Labandera1

    Suspended gov. Gwen Garcia bukas kakalusin kana. Mga abusado kayo, kapit tuko, yang kapatid mong si Paolo nanapak ng pulis on duty, yang kapatid mong si Bayron naghahamon ng fist fight kay General Garbo tapos sasabihin ng mga Garcia na martial law…ayan si Gwen supported by Enrile ang Martial Law Administrator ni Diktador Ferdinand Marcos…Kung tutuong may martial law na sa Cebu dugay rang gituhog ang lubot ni Bayron ug kawayan ni General Garbo sa panghagit niya ug fistfight…….Kung isog jud mo Bayron and Paolo, dali diri sa Mindanao kay kumuton nako nang inyong kunot nga mga itlog, ug plansahon nako nang nawong ni Gwen nga morag nawong ug wakwak…..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

      Hahaha i like that nawong ni gwen murag wakwak

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DCZWNOP3PJZTAT77LOLQLVCSG4 Leopoldo Herrera

    I AGREE WITH YOU LABANDERA1. LAWYER BARCENAS IS WILLING TO ACCEPT THE FISTFIGHT CHALLENGE OF BYRON GARCIA. LET’S SEE KUNG ISOG GYUD SI BYRON GARCIA..PASUKAHUN CYA UG DUGO NI ATTY. BARCENAS..KANING MGA GARCIA MAN GUD ABE NILA SI GLORIA ARROYO PA ANG PRESIDENTE .SI WINSTON GARCIA
    FORMER GSIS CHAIRMAN, CORRUPT MAN PUD, SI GWEN , INVOLVE PUD SA LAMPPOST SCAM SA CEBU, AY MAKAULAW GYUD..LAB-AS UG MGA NAWONG ANG MGA GARCIA. ANG MGA SUPPORTERS KUNO KINAHANGLAN KAYOD GYUD SILA KAY KUNG WALA NA SI GWEN WALA NAY MAKAON…

  • Just_JT

    What Gov. Gwen should do is just leave the capitol.  And if proven by the courts that she is correct or if she obtain a TRO, then she come back to the capitol.  That’s the rule of law.  That’s due process.

    What Gwen Garcia is doing is defiance of the law.

  • EOJ

    Hoy gwen hindi mo pa nabayaran mga catering nyo ng 2010 at 2011!!! Saan napunta budget???

    TRAPO!!!!

  • Hey_Dudes

    The international community keeping tab on this issue must be aghast wondering if this is how law and order is treated by politicians and government officials.

    The capital building is public domain and should not be held hostage for any reason specially by someone expected to honor and respect laws of the land.

    What example is Ms. Gwen Garcia and those of her family members imparting to the people in the Philippines in general, Cebu taxpayers in particular? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    Cebu get your act together. Mas maganda na nga kayo sa Manila (except for your taxis which are surprisingly worse), nasisira dahil sa ganito. Sayang. 

  • May_Santiago

    Hope the two rallies will end peacefully… Suspended Gov. Gwen s making a mountain out of an anthill.  The beast thing she can do for the Cebuanos is to go home and wait for the TRO from the Court of Appeals.  The Capitol is “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY”  Gwen is not doing anything “official” there.  This just shows how unfit she is to be a provincial leader.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/edwin.locquiao Kyle Locquiao

    Go Gov. Garcia stand for your right.

  • virgo57

    Why the ala tele serye nobela at Cebu Provincial Capitol takes so long? And it seems the whole family of Garcia is the aggrieved party? Let this thing done before the sinulog festival and impose what is best based on the rule of the law. Nadala sa sulsol ni Binay, Enrile at Erap na parehong taliwas ang utak.

  • kilabot

    di kaya ni noykapon at marina si gwen; 
    tumahimik na ang mga loko at nabulunan; nakakita ng katapat; kay gwen lang pala; 
    whatever the ca outcome, gwen should stay in capitol until after elections; 
    that’s the most-favored solution to this crisis.

  • Paul G.

    A suspended employee should not stay in his/her office. Suspended government officials should do the same and vacate his/her office.  Elected government officials are receiving salaries from taxpayers.

    The DILG and the Acting Governor are extending maximum tolerance towards suspended gov. gwen.  Gwen is trying to act as the underdog to gain sympathy from the Cebuanos, but the result is the total opposite. 

  • Labandera1

    Maayong buntag diha Gwen. Sus mora na man jud kag nawong ug wakwak diha sa capitolyo oy. Uy hala petsa 10 na diay ron hearing na sa CA sa imong request TRO. Hulat lang diha Gwen kay naa nay mo pick up nimo para i-deliver ka sa inyong balay….Ayaw reklamo nga martial law ha kay kung may martial law pa dugay rang gituhog ang imong lubot ug kawayan ni General Garbo…..



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