Byron confronts Capitol official for turning back on Gwen


BYRON Garcia, the tough-talking brother of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, yesterday barged into the office of Provincial Administrator Eduardo Habin and called him an an “ingrate” for cooperating with Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale.

Habin, one of the Capitol’s oldest career officials who has served several governors, including Byron’s father, Pablo, chose to distance himself.

He asked permission to hold office somewhere else for the meantime and moved out of the main Capitol building.

“Governor Magpale immediately responded to my request and even assigned security escorts to watch over me,” he said.

Habin now holds office next to Magpale’s office at the 4th floor of the Legislative Building.

“Naglikay lang ko para wala nay samok (I just want to avoid trouble).” he said.

The emotional encounter highlighted the tension still felt among some Capitol personnel caught between two governors occupying the government facility since Dec. 19, when a suspension order was served on Garcia, who refuses to move out of her office or recognize the suspension by President Benigno Aquino.

Habin, a soft-spoken, slightly built man with spectacles, said the Garcias should not take it against Capitol employees who follow the new setup since they were following a a direct order of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Habin was the Capitol department head who visited Gwen in her office on Dec. 22 before the Christmas break to greet her a Merry Christmas and asked her to understand employees who now follow orders of Magpale.

“I’m not loyal to an individual person but I’m loyal to the service,” he explained then.

Habin is a career official who has served the Capitol for 32 years, not a political appointee or a fixed-term consultant like Byron whose contract as Capitol security consultant was not renewed by his sister in 2010 when they had a falling out.

Byron has figured in verbal confrontations before with various parties, the latest being Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo Jr., whom he challenged to a fistfight.

Yesterday, Byron said he didn’t threaten Habin but just reminded him that his appointment was co-terminous with his sister and that Habin should have resigned out of “delicadeza” when Magpale called for department heads. Byron said he felt bad that the the offical “abandoned” his sister who had supported Habin in the past. / Carmel Loise Matus and Renan Alangilan

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  • Labandera1

    Byron Garcia sumbagay ta bay..Hambugero kang dako, wanggol kang dako, isang bala ka lang bay….

  • vorsky

    Baga sad ug nawong aning mga tawhana. how can u call urself a good governor f u dont understand the words “UR SUSPENDED”? kadaut ninyo kay u know d law,  it doesnt mean u r d law. mga  “UGOK”. cge pamo panghakot mga tao gikan uban probensya pra support kunuhay ninyo, ang uban tawn nagyawyaw kay wla bayri sa organizer. “MIRISI” pagamit pamo. naa sad uban brgy captain dayon pud sakay kay pasaligan ug pra gasto sa election. tan awn ta nya dli ba mo mangamote ig election.

  • Rovingmoron

    Mr. Byron Garcia, you’re an ignoramus. You don’t know what you’re talking about. You must read the civil service rules and regulations. You must remember that the provincial administrator post is not co-terminus with your sister. It is a position protected under the security of tenure for permanent employees of the government. It is like the position of the provincial treasurer which is under the jurisdiction of the Dept, of Finance. Why? Because some politicians are vindictive. That’s why they are protected by the CSC.

    • diamond_digger

       Rovingmoron, many if not majority of the Cebuanos know  how “ignoramus” that Byron is. In fact,  if he is really worth his salt as he is trying to parrot, he should not have been sacked by his own sister who he is desperately defending now. Meaning he is so unswallowable even for a canine. His seeming defense of Gwen understandably falls within the dictum “misery loves company.” At least, their scandalous and unsatiable pillage of the Province of Cebu is now over.

  • Rovingmoron

    Kung talagang magaling itong si Mr. Byron Garcia na to, dapat noon pa ay naghanap na sya ng vacant post dyan sa provincial government na qualified sya at inaplayan nya ito sa Civil Service Commission. In this way, hindi sya basta basta matatanggal kahit ala na yung kanyang kapatid. Kaso bobo pala to.

  • Ernesto

    nag serbisyo yan para sa bayan di nagserbisyo kay garcia or kay magpale sa bayan ang nagpasahod sa kanya gets nyo.ginampanan ya lang tunkulin ya,bakit ang capitol ba may pagmamay-ari.

  • mon key

    kana si byron, baga’ og nawong!

  • Alejandro Canda

    Byron Garcia is a HOODLUM. Ugali nya hindi edukado. Taga slum area ang taong ito. Iyang batasan morag irong boang. Maayo ani tawhana hiposon ug bilanggoon aron adto sya mag wild sa presohan ug didto sya kitkitan sa kauban nyang prison aron motagam.   

  • Labandera1

    Official ba si Byron Garia sa capitolyo? Bakit pagalagala siya sa capitolyo at pinapagalitan ang isang employee dahil hindi sumuporta sa kapatid niyang si Gwen na suspedido sa pagka gobernador…

  • don alto

    BYRON Geysler, BYRON Garcia  ….  Basagulero at loko ba mga BYRON??? Just asking …

  • Wei888

    Maypa mag star dancer na siya sa sunod sayaw sa mga piniriso, with his sister as partner…hahaaa….

  • ewokmulag

     ano na bang nangyayari sa mga garcia… daig pa nila ang nka drugs…disoriented na yata… d nla matanggap bumabagsak na ang dynasty nila…

  • cion

    Cebuanos should be united and support whoever was elected as governor, Whatever is transpiring now is the dirty political maneuvering of this administration to divide Cebu electorate for his  personal political vendetta. period.Cebu’s economic progress undrstandably wereaccomplished by previous administation ,period.

  • cion

    Those politicians who have dedicated their life  and  improvement of  the infrastructure and economic progress of Cebu deserves utmost respect  in their contribution , and should not fall to the weaklings (manipulator sick) whose only aim is personal vendetta,  who could care less (deception) of the peoples welfare.

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