LP bullying Cebu governor–UNA

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Suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The reported plan to file 16 new charges against suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia is the ruling party’s tack to “strangle” political rivals in the May elections, the opposition’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said Tuesday.

Blasting the Liberal Party, UNA, a coalition of parties led by deposed President Joseph Estrada and Vice President Jejomar Binay, said the ruling party was using “high-handed” and “repressive tactics” to force Garcia out of the Cebu capitol in an effort to take control of the vote-rich province.

“Why the sudden downpour of cases against Gov. Garcia? We can only assume that a creeping crackdown on the LP’s political rivals is now in full swing,” UNA Secretary General Tobias Tiangco said in a statement.

“The Liberal Party is now plagued with political bullies and has become a despotic, repressive political machine,” he added.

UNA senatorial bet Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, President Aquino’s aunt, also criticized Garcia’s suspension, claiming  the filing of other cases against Garcia “is obviously not in line with her nephew’s “Tuwid na Daan” motto.

Suspicious timing

“The timing and motivation in the belated filing of these supposed cases are simply highly suspect,” Cojuangco said.

Malacañang suspended Garcia last December, upholding a recommendation by the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo that cited Garcia for grave abuse of authority when she usurped part of the budget of the office of the vice governor to hire her chosen consultants.  She restored the budget after the death of Vice Gov. Gregorio Sanchez Jr., her policial rival.

The administration was reported to be preparing other cases against Garcia, who has since holed up in her office at the Cebu provincial capitol, refusing to heed the six-month suspension order.

UNA insisted that the suspension was a form of “harassment” against the popular governor.

Last week, the Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on Garcia’s case but did not issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) on her suspension order.

Garcia’s lawyers had argued that Garcia was not properly served the suspension order because she was not in her office when the order was served and what was served were just photocopies of the order. Garcia’s camp also claimed a TRO was needed “so as not to cause serious and irreparable injury to his client and that of people of Cebu.”

Garcia’s petition noted that the suspension order was issued more than a year after Sanchez complained about the budget issue, and three weeks before the ban on the suspension of public officials would take effect on Jan. 13. Elections are only four months away.

Veloso, said the three-member court would weigh the arguments and issue a resolution on Garcia’s petition shortly.

Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale has been designated as acting Cebu governor.

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Tags: Cebu , Government , Gwendolyn Garcia , LP , Politics , UNA

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJW2CHZBIO7YZ6MK3KVALX4VM4 Jhonny

    Gwen was also a bully to the late Vice Governor Sanchez while the he was battling cancer. Now the tables are turned, its time for the bully to be bullied. 

    • kapayapaan_1900

      You got it!  Dont’ expect any logical reasoning from them.  These 2 political lackeys (the UNA spokesman and the Cebu governor) should better hold office in a TALIPAPA and sell adulterated goods disguised as authentic wares made in USA or Germany but are inferior products made in China.

  • $23228448

    just plain karma gwenee…. What goes around, comes around

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

    hoy motherf*cking UNA, it was gwen who started this, and youre cry bullying? The suspension order is signed by no less than the president of the republic of the philippines and you refused to adhere. get the f*ck out of here, philippines got too much problems already that it can handle. ENOUGH ! you c*cksucking b*tch

  • richard ortega

    itong UNA party talaga ang sususnod na salot sa ating bansa.

  • johnllander

    una, consenters of grafters!

  • linobog

    Erap, Binay, Imee, Bongbong, Maceda, Enrile and others trapos  should be reminded that CRIME     IS PUNISHABLE  and should never be condoned.   When will the culprits pay?….  Mga garapal talaga,  kaya nga nagka-grupo ang same birds.  

    • diamond_digger

      You are right, Linobog. It is no surprise that the Una people would rather forget the real issue behind the suspension, because of two reasons: One, the would like to ride on the Filipinos penchant to side with the underdog and hope to hoodwink their precious votes. Second, they are clearly playing the ‘old boys club’ game with the suspended governor – after all (again, you are right) “birds of the same feather fly together.” It doesn’t require one a brain of a rocket scientist nor a bottle of “Memory Plus” pills to realize and remember the cases – anomalous and scandalous the persons you mentioned have been tainted with and or mired in. Their cries now may be their feeble attempt to deflect the attention of the electorates from seeing the skeletons they have been zealously guarding, by throwing dirt and or painting black on others’ faces so that their own ghostly appearance may be forgotten. Height of callousness! Certainly as the sun will rise in the east, thes grafters, oppressors, criminals and badings, will have their comeuppance comes election day. The Filipino voters are now generally educated, sensible and smart. Woe to UNA!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YEFHPZ5ISTEDEREQU3RDXTOKPA romeo basingan

    trapo politicians will always cry foul everytime a mistake is pointed out and gets away with it at most times.. If it cant be imposed now then when is the right timing?If garcia is no longer the governor?

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

    Nagtataka  lang ako  talaga  kung  bakit  sumama  si Gordon sa  grupo na ito . .  Eh napakatinong  tao  nitong  si   Gordon at  talagang  hindi corrupt. .at  mananalo  si  Gordon  kahit  tumakbong  independent . . .pero  iboboto  ko pa rin  si Gordon. . 

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