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Gwen Garcia loses bid to lift 3 hold departure orders

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Gwen Garcia. JUNJIE MENDOZA/CDN

MANILA, Philippines–The Sandiganbayan Second Division on Wednesday dismissed the bid of Cebu City Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to lift the three hold departure orders issued against her in connection with a graft case regarding the questionable purchase of the Balili property in Naga worth P98. million.

In its ruling, the anti-graft court’s second division dismissed the argument raised by Garcia that there is no active case against her since the court itself ordered the Ombudsman to resolve her motion for reconsideration.

“An HDO is but an exercise of a court’s inherent power to preserve and to maintain the effectiveness of its jurisdiction over the person of the accused…Such action of the court did not oust it of jurisdiction over the cases and over the accused,” the anti-graft court said.

Garcia is facing 2 counts of graft and 1 count of illegal use of public funds for the  Cebu provincial government’s purchase of 24.7 hectares of beachfront property now being developed as a coal ash waste landfill. The purchase price was P98.9 million. Garcia denied that there was anything anomalous in the land purchase and said she was “not aware” the property was under water because she relied on the report of the Provincial Appraisal Committee, which omitted a technical report that described the coastal property as having almost 20 hectares of the 24.7 hectares under water.

The same case is subject of an administrative case where she was meted 6 months suspension prompting her to stay inside the Cebu Provincial Capitol and sought help before the Court of Appeals.


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  • marionics

    isunod naman na sana ang puki ng inang winston garcia na yan. kupal!  pweh!

    • ed_nique

      on what grounds?

      it’s been more than two years since a new GSIS PGM and Board has been in office and they have not raised one issue against Winston.

      • marionics

        madami. the present gsis board is too busy fixing the mess he created kaya di maasikaso ang prosecution. but i hear they are getting around to it sooner or later…i hope

  • kilabot

    doesn’t matter. 
    she is staying put at the capitol until after elections; 
    there is no need to travel; 
    remain where you are, gwen; 
    nobody can touch you there. there is no one with balls.

    • louie

      garcia is the one with no guts to face her suspension. if she really cares about the welfare of cebuanos, she’ll immediately vacate the capitol. that’s more than having balls, it’s having compassion to the people of cebu.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Klein-Mo/1764894963 Klein Mo

    Ridiculous! How can you not know that 20 hectares of the 24.7-hectare property you bought (on behalf of the provincial government I suppose) is under water?? One look at the property is all it takes unless you are lying!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

    It is about time the Philippine government exercise the severity of our laws. Let us not play around with politicians please?
    Let not PNoy absorb the blame but these politicians answer the law and PNoy shall answer his when his time comes.
    Let Garcia have her day in court!

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Ex Gov Botox Garcia just kill yourself….

    • puza65

      NO,HAYAAN NATIN SYANG MAKULONG…

  • Komen To

    What else does she want? The whole nation is already laughing at her? What’s in the Capitol that she can’t leave?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Just how stupid can her reasoning get? Isn’t it your obligation to your personal safety to confirm anything before you sign? I’m sure if this is her business she’s dealing with, she will triple, quadruple, heck even over ten times check the property before signing on the contract.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    Correction is in order. Garcia is now suspended not because of the anomalous purchase of a reclaimed property but due to unilateral slashing of the previous Vice Governor budget. But just the same, she should be imprisoned for this purchase of property at the reclamation area.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    Sana, if this govt is NOT SELECTIVE in the disposition of justice, the move to deny garcia’s petition against the hdo is REAL GOOD.

    • ManongOsang

      TUMIGIL ka sa mga SELECTIVE mo !

      Dati umiiyak ang bayan sa pagnanakaw ni Gloria &  Erap.

      Ngayon naman na FINALLY may MATINONG Presidente- Nakikisali ka sa mga ” its Political, Its Selective” Bullshit !!!

      kaya hindi maka-abante ang Pilipinas because of GULLIBLE people like you !

      PNOY is NOT PERFECT !!! HE is FAR FROM PERFECT
      PNOY has MADE MISTAKES & WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE MISTAKES just like YOU & ME !!!  He is NOT superman !

      But LETS GET ON THING CLEAR ..

      MATINO si PNOY !!! he is as Clean as You will GET for a Filipino Politician !!!

      Now kung Atat ka na, WAIT for President Binay in 2016 & VP Jinggoy in 2016 !!!

      Now you will SEE what happens AGAIN sa Pilipinas !!!

      Kung MAHAL MO TALAGA na tunay ang Bayan mo, STOP THIS STUPIDITY!!!

      Who do you trust PNOY or Gwen ??

      Who do you turst PNOY or the likes of Binay, Erap & Enrile ???

      MALIWANAG BA !!! Kung Ayaw mo ng mas malinis na Pilipinas- din UMALIS KA NG BAYAN !!!

    • jurbinsky77

      It’s the Sandiganbayan that re-validated the HDO. Sayang wala na ang Corona Supreme Court.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NKMLL6HD6WUINN5XQWNKKQDFEA Edwin Edwin

      Selective my @ss  

  • dikoy321

    Gwen Garcia STINKS, reaching as far as Germany and Europe !

    Kick her out now Mr President, use the PNP, of course with utmost tolerance, by carrying her out FEET first !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • malek_abdul

    This lady governor already is in prison. She “locked” herself inside the capitol. She can’t leave otherwise the acting governor will take her place in the office.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/74DX67S5U6H557SPUXS5XZ6QJI Alisto Juan

    Di naman kailangan ang HDO kasi na hold out na siya sa opisina n’ya. Ayaw ngang lumabas sa Capitolyo, mangibang-bansa pa. . Hindi puedeng iwan ang Capitolyo kasi maraming pera doon, takot na masalisihan ni VG Magpale. . Lami man gud nang higdaan diha, libre pa pud ug kaon pati ilang mga suporter. Kahayahay ni Gwen uy.   

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    ANOOO?  LAND  UNDER  WATER  BOUGHT  FOR CEBU !!  Lupa  na nakalubog  sa tubig  . .BINILI  MOOO !! Grabe ng corruption yan. .  KAYA PALA   KAPIT  TUKO  SA  PWESTO !! TAKOT  NA  TAKOT  SA  MGA  KASO!!

    • doncleo

       Eh hindi nya daw alam e!(sabay kindat)..Nagtiwala lang sya sa Provincial Appraisal Committee…Ang babaw ng alibi mo gov…taga Cebu ka hindi mo alam? Ano ba silbi nyang appraisal committee mo?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    bakit saan ba sya pupunta? di ba ayaw nga nya umalis sa opisina nya sa city hall? sya pa nga pinalalayas, eh ayaw naman nya.

  • LeoSanMig

    What happened to her face?

  • ManongOsang

    PNOY has 3 Short Years Left !!!

    He is NOT PERFECT & will NEVER Be Perfect ! (Just like You & me )

    PNOY has made mistakes & will continue to make mistakes ! ( Just like you & me)

    BUT LETS GET ONE THING STRAIGHT!!!

    MATINONG MATINO si PNOY ! Especially para sa isang Pilipinong Pulitiko where 90% are CORRUPT!!!

    HE HAS BEEN AN EXCELLENT PRESIDENT especially compared to the likes of Erap, GMA & Marcos who WASTED 30 years combined by looting our nation!!

    SUPPORT PNOY kung mahal ninyo ang bayan!!

    TAMA na a CRAB MENTALITY !!!

    Doon sa hindi makahintay, WAIT until President Binay & VP Jinggoy in 2016- Now PATAY TALAGA ang Bayan!!!

    All Pnoy’s hardwork will be wasted!!!

    And dami kasin TANGGANG hindi edukadong botante sa pilipinas!!!

    When 70% of ALL voters are poor & no education- NAPAKADALING PAIKUTIN ng mga Maduming Pulitoko !!!

    • catalansbarce

      Well said.., thumbs up. Aquino’s administration is far better than the
      previous presidents. Suportahan natin ang mga adhikain nya
       hanggang 2016..,

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      P-Noy hasn’t been perfect, but he’s accomplished a LOT in 2.5 years, and I’ve never felt so much optimism about the country as I do today.  Haters will hate, but forget them.

      And if Binay is the next president, that all goes down the toilet.

      I can’t remind people enough: Binay, as Mayor of Makati, did the exact same thing Garcia is doing now: barricade himself in office to avoid the law.  The fact that enough idiots voted for him is a big part of why there is so much wrong with the country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    And yet idiots are crying political persecution.

    And I’d just like to remind people: Binay essentially did the same thing as mayor of Makati.  Think twice before you decide you want him as your new president.

  • sapul

    It should be Cebu Provincial governor, not Cebu City governor -_- cebu city residents cannot vote for the governor

    • Cano Manuel

      True and correct! But it can also be Cebu Governor for short, right?

  • jurbinsky77

    The seller of that “property” should be thrown into the jail too, if not he/she might sell the moon.

  • blainz

    She doesn’t want to leave the Capitol yet she wants no hindrance from leaving the country.

    What does this mean? It means if she’s going out, she wants to be out of the law’s reach. Indication of guilt, ala Uriarte et al. So much for the utter hypocrite crying “respect rule of law”. Kapit tuko, tapos pagbitaw, eskapo.

    She should be grateful Cebuanos haven’t mobbed her out of the building. For shame!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ITN3RZOUSPKRVQ6FCGJDOK3JYQ Joker

    If this is true, then, grabe na to! Sobra na tayong tanga kapag pinalagpas pa ito.

    I fully agree with jurbinsky77 – that the seller should also be held accountable for defrauding the government or for conniving with the buyer.

    • catalansbarce

      I think its not fair to send also the owner of the land to jail. Before you buy
      the lot.., you have to conduct visual inspection and even hire a surveyor
      to relocate the boundaries before you finalize the transaction.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Should be very smart owner to be able to sell an underwater unsellable land,
        impossible without nice commissions to stimulate a buyer,
        who he will not buy it for himself…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S4KYA6DLKYQKOCXPKI5SUWWI74 nito

    In other countries politicians resigns once they got involved in an scandal. Politicians in our country don’t have the delicadeza to resign. They want to hold on to power as long as they can.
    Shame on you Mrs. Garcia.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Ate Glue miss her !

  • palakasantayo

    An scammer got scammed huh?  It reminds me of house lots in Florida where a lot of filipinos got scammed in buying lots under the water. So…… she got all the reasons why she has to hide in the Capitol… anomalies she is involve in are starting to surface. She wants a pass from the Capitol direct to the airport huh?

  • catalansbarce

    Parang bilang na ang mga masayang araw ni Gwen sa dami ng
    sinasampang kaso laban sa kanya. Dapat mag resign na sya ngayon
    bilang gobernador para wala ng kaso gaya ni former Ombudsman
    Gutierez.

  • TEAM PNOY

    Gwen, just stay put there, Do not worry about your capitol arrest. 3 years and 5 months more, you misery will be over.

  • santamaria_63

    Hahaha amin ang huling halakhak! sorry doling, gusto mo pa ba bomiyahe? Sigi basta sa Oslob lang to Bantayan island ang boundary. Sorry….

  • disqusted0fu

    Gwen Garcia is allegedly being persecuted by the administration, directed by a strongman. If it is so, nothing is expected to go her way.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      That’s an opinion.  Here are some facts:

      – Gwen Garcia is being investigated for corruption.

      – She is abusing her power by refusing to face the allegations.

      – She has barricaded herself in her offices, which incidentally also means her legal replacements cannot take over.

      – Jejomar Binay did the same thing as mayor of Makati.

      Those are all FACTS.  Now let’s look at your opinion.

      I assume that you are against corruption.  If you are going to believe every politician that cries ‘persecution’ when they are investigated for corruption (and given how gullible people are, they pretty much all will), how on Earth do you expect the administration to actually fight corruption?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      THERE IS NO HOLD DEPARTURE ORDER FROM HER CAPITOL OFFICE, what’s holding her departure from there?

      Aren;t you not submitting yourself again in another instance of getting..
      ……………………………. DISGUSTED 0 FU ……………………………. ???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Even if Garcia WASN’T aware that the property was mostly underwater, she should be removed from her post for gross negligence.

    Honestly, you make a mistake that bad in ANY OTHER JOB and you are out.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    3 HOLD DEPARTURE ORDERS…of these 3, none is for HER HOLDING DEPARTURE FROM THE CAPITOL…what’s holding her departure from her capitol office?

    May inihahabol pa kaya sa 2 counts of graft and illegal purchase of 4.7-hectare islet surrounded by 20-hectare water?

  • josefe38

    DALAWANG GINANAP NA PAGTITIPON KAHAPON SA CEBU, ANG GRUPO NI GOV. GARCIA NA UMABOT NG 10 LIBO KA TAO ANG DUMALO AT ANG GRUPO NI ACTING GOV. MAGPALE NA HINDI UMABOT  SA LIMANG DAAN KA TAO ANG DUMALO. 

    SA SAMA NG LOOB AT HIYA NI MAGPALE HINDI ITO NAGPAKITA SA KANYANG PINATAWAG NA RALLY. KASAMA SA HINDI NAGPAKITA AY ANG GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE NG LP NA SI DAVIDE. 

    SA MGA HINDI TAGA CEBU, ANG LARAWANG ITO AY PRELIMINARY SA MAGING RESULTA SA DARATING NA ELEKSYON. LP CANDIDATES AY BURADO SA CEBU. 

  • Julius_Caesar1

    Lets look at this as a blessing in disguise. Its good that she stays in the capitol as she is only making a fool of herself. The more she stays the more anomalies are uncovered, apart from that it also weakens the clout of UNA. People are beginning to see the true colours of Mr. Veep. I wouldn’t be surprised if she leaves the Capitol in a wheel chair. Her next destination coming from Cebu, St. Luke’s medical (Manila).

    Anomalie uncovered:
    Her underwater purchase. Who does she think she is? The little mermaid. LOL

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ME73SJ2KNVTMNU4JMRMRLRYPVQ zom

      dirty old witchy mermaid hahaha

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FXWR3CYMXHNSBKURNKD4ZXGU5Q Jemase

    The UNA Party of Vice Pres.Binay, ERAP + Senate Pres. JPE is very Fond of CODDLING CORRUPT, PLUNDERERS, People with Ill-Repute, Grafters, Goverment Cheats, Greedy persons, Why is this so?? They even went to Cebu before Christmas to show their unwavering support and Love to the embattled Ex Governor Gwen Garcia who is very known to be CORRUPT and GREEDY and who abused her Power & Authority in her province, Now the Filipino Voters know the TRUTH, They will stay away and NEVER Support the UNA team of Greedy Plunderes come 2016!



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