Garcia staff, solons slam closure of Capitol rooms



While they remain unaffected, staffers of suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the padlocking of three meeting rooms at the Capitol ordered by Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale was a “show of tyranny.”

Garcia’s chief of staff, Elizabeth Francia, said they were merely concerned about Garcia’s personal belongings inside the three conference rooms at the Capitol’s main building.

The rooms were padlocked by personnel from the Office of the Provincial Administrator on orders of Magpale, who voiced disgust over the use of the rooms by Garcia’s supporters.

The New Conference Room, Formal Room, and the Capitol Social Hall were occupied by Garcia’s supporters, her security group, and loyal staff.

Garcia remains holed up at her office despite a six-month suspension order.

Christina Codilla-Frasco, Garcia’s daughter and spokesperson, said Magpale’s office should also be padlocked.

“After all, we all know that her illegal usurpation of the Governor’s position is nothing more than a political exercise aimed at disabling Governor Gwen and enabling Liberal Party’s hold in Cebu,” Frasco said.

When asked if her mother would take action on the padlocking, Frasco replied that “they will continue to resist, because it is the right thing to do. We will study all our legal options against this reign of tyranny.”

Francia said she called up Provincial Administrator assistant, Joey Pascolado to ask that they be allowed to check on the furniture especially at the Formal and the New Conference rooms.

Francia said that chairs and tables were excess furniture from Garcia’s house in Cebu City.

She said Garcia wanted to put this furniture to good use at the Capitol instead of stocking it in her house.

“We will just check with the Provincial Administrator and the General Services Office and conduct an inventory which furniture are ours and which are those that belonged to the Capitol,” she said.

Magpale said she was irate when she personally saw Garcia supporters do their laundry and sleep at the old session hall.

“It’s probably not justified for these people to sleep and live there,” she said in a radio interview.

Magpale said she ordered personnel to clean up the room before padlocking them.

Those wishing to use the rooms will have to secure her permission first, Magpale said.

Anad party-list Rep. Jun Alcover, whose Guardians volunteers provide security to Garcia, said it is up to Magpale to file charges against them. “Her reason to close the social hall is quite juvenile,” he said.

For his part Garcia’s younger brother, Rep. Pablo John Garcia of Cebu’s 3rd district, chided Magpale for closing the rooms.

“She apparently plans to measure her achievements by the number of offices she padlocks,” he told Cebu Daily News. With Correspondents Edison delos Angeles and Renan Alangilan

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  • Ping Gonzales

    By the way what’s Gwen going at Capitol she has to papers or documents to sign as her suspension is officially  recognzed mag Suduko nalang kaya siya diyan 0 magpadala ng coloring books to keep her busy but pls donot demand things that is for official use only as ur not a Gov anymore even after your term expires

    • diamond_digger

       Gwen probably thought that since she was elected by a large number of people she couldn’t just be booted out by one person – the president. She should remember that the president was elected by a number of people more than twenty times than those who voted for her. She must not have heard of the Latin saying: “Vox populi, vox dei.” Also, she must have thought that each vote she got during the election, entitles her to stay in the capitol for at least one day. Since there were more than 1 million cebuanos who voted for her, she must have equated that to a stay in the capitol for at least 1 million days. Magaling ang mga Garcia sa math at arithmetic. Tingnan mo kung ilan silang gustong maghari? From Lolo Pabling to apong si Paolo. In just a little while, baka pati anak din ni Paolo o ni Christina Frasco ay tatakbo ding mayor ng Cebu. Also, don’t we remember Winston who clung to GSIS as if he will lose his life outside of its walls. Bakit? Maraming pera sa GSIS. That’s why, I said, the Garcia’s are good in mathematics and arithmetic.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Store room na pala ni Governor yong capitol. Hahaha. Baka kailangan pang magdala ng sariling furniture? Ano yan bahay na nya. Kapal talaga ng mga Garcia.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Garcia’s staff doing laundry and sleeping on the session hall. WTF! Why is Garcia making use of government resources. Suspended sya di ba?

  • cry_freedom

    Christina Codilla-Frasco does seem ignorant of what is happening. Magpale is not illegally usurping the Governor’s position. She was sworn in as Acting Governor, which is part of the due process arising from the suspension of Garcia based on the merits of the case.

    If there is one person usurping the Office of the Governor, it is Gwendolyn!

  • speedstream2

    The games people play. And two can always play the game, but it’s not for crybabies.

  • Darwin

    Francia said that chairs and tables were excess furniture from Garcia’s house in Cebu City.

    These chairs and tables could also be unwanted, eyesore furnitures in the Garcia household. Instead of disposing of them, they transferred them to the Capitol. These politicians are clever. Basura na naging, pampaganda ng image pa.

    • diamond_digger

       When does bringing of personal furnitures to a place, house or building entitles the furniture owner to claim residency in that said place? My gosh, if homeless people would apply that crooked doctrine to the letter, rich people in expensive mansions would truly face serious problems. I wonder why Gwen relies on her daghter for legal advices when it is doubtful if she really knows even a single good one.

  • Labandera1

    Suspended governor Gwen Garcia shouldn’t be there in the first place. This witch in the capitol should be evicted and sent home. A very hard headed witch indeed.

  • akongednamzug

    PANAWAGAN PO SA LAHAT NG MGA SEBUANO, PALAGAY NIYO BA NA SA TAMANG PAG-IISIP PA SI GWEN GARCIA SAMPU NG LAHAT NG KANYANG KAMAG-ANAK. Ang kakapal ng mga mukha ng mag-anak na ito sampu ng kanilang mga alagad, mali na ang ginagawa, mayroon pang lakas ng loob mag-reklamo.

    • diamond_digger

       The Garcia clan has very clearly demonstrated and shown their l;ow regard for the Cebuanos to discern what is right and just. In the Cebuano dialect, naka-menos sa mga taga Sugbu.

  • verconti

    Force should now be used to literally oust garcia from the capitol… this drama may become precedence, or this was already played in the past, it should be shown that no one is above law..

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  • Darwin

    Kung ano ang puno, syang bunga.

    • diamond_digger

      Yes, Darwin. Tama nga pala ang mga ninuno natin sa kasabihang ‘yon. Gwen’s  daughter-lawyer looks like being made of similar
      stuff – kapal mukha.

  • Jude Fawley

    wala ng pag asa yan si Gwen maka balik. Hindi na nya nakuha ang TRO. It’s better na umalis nalang sya sa Kapitolyo. 

    • diamond_digger

       Jude, marami ring ganun ang paniniwala at similar suggestion sa iyo. Personally however, I think what Gwen needs now is to secure or buy some deep-dirt cleaning materials like stell wool and Ajax to apply to her kapal na mukha. And her daughter-lawyer looks like being made of similar stuff.

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