Agnes, 8 others sued over Governor’s Office closure


THE chief of staff and security assistant of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia filed a complaint against Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale and eight other police and provincial government officials over the Jan. 30 closure of the Governor’s Office.

Elizabeth Francia and Amor Sarmiento asked the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas to investigate the officials for grave abuse of authority, gross misconduct, conduct unbecoming of a public official, oppression, grave coercion, and a violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

“While Governor Garcia has been meted a 6-month suspension by an adiministrative decision that is presently being questioned before a competent court, she is still the duly elected governor. A cursory reading of the Office of the President decision would show that the co-terminus employees under her are not covered by said suspension,” the complainants said.

Aside from Magpale, named respondents were Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, chief of police of Central Visayas; Senior Supt. Eduardo Carranza, Regional Public Safety Battalion commander; Leopoldo Cabanag, Police Inspector Alvin Enguito, lawyer Dara Acusar, Provincial Administrator Eduardo Habin. And Acting Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora.

Acusar, Magpale’s spokesperson, called the complaint a “squid tactic” of Garcia’s camp.

“The suspended governor has been filing cases left and right. We expect this to continue. While this is a waste of government funds and resources, we will answer them through the processes of law,” Acusar told reporters.

“This (complaint) is intended to muddle the real issue. It will not distract us,” she added.

In their complaint, Francia and Sarmiento narrated how law enforcers closed down the Governor’s Office last January 30.

“By ordering respondents, together with the police to close down the Office of the Governor and forcing employees therein to vacate the premises, Magpale exceeded the bounds of her authority as Acting Governor,” they said.

The complainants said they were not guilty of committing any crime to be treated improperly by the policemen who closed the Governor’s Office.

“Unless and until my fellow co-terminus employees and I have ben removed from office without proper observance of due process, we are entitled to a decent office space, specifically the Governor’s Office, to which we have been assigned. Otherwise, we are even placed in a lower category than informal settlers,” Francia said in the complaint.

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  • JuanTamadachi

    This is nothing but a politically motivated nuisance suit.

    Samok Samok lang. 

  • virgo57

    Disqus why are you screening my comment and blocked what it is supposed to appear. STUPID! I am civil and know what I am commenting. SOB!

    • citizenH

      They want you sound “patronizing” if not, they will NOT post your comment.  I had that happened to me a few times already.  

  • virgo57

    Print my comment before this text STUPID!

  • Labandera1

    The suspended witch governor Gwen Garcia refused to vacate the office despite the suspension order from the office of the president instead the witch suspended governor Gwen Garcia challenged government authorities to remove her over her dead body. Her brother Byron challenged the police general Garbo to a fist fight  and her other brother Paolo nanapak ng pulis on duty. Mga abusado dapat lang paalisin pati ang kanyang mga kaalyado….Sa mga office staff ni suspended wicth governor Gwen Garcia  doon kayo mag office sa biniling lupa ni Gwen na under sea water……

    • Nueva

      nakakatuwa naman ipaglaban ang nakasakay sa walis nakakahiya hahaha i think that named be eradicated grabe diba sa gsis ganon din lol asan na ba ung sigarilyo

  • akongednamzug

    Baka naman sinabi ni Gwen kay Elizabeth at Amor, na ang mga Garcia ang may-ari ng kapitolyo. Naniwala naman yung dalawa kasi karamihan ng mga furniture sa kapitolyo sang-ayon kay Gwen ay pag-aari nila. Sa pagkakaalam ko ang may karapatan magsabi na ang isang bagay ay pag-aari niya ay kung siya ang nagbayad, hindi porke siya ang bumili. Ang isang tao na matakaw sa kapangyarihan, kailanman ay di bibili ng magarbong bagay na sariling pera niya ang gagamitin.

  • Alejandro Canda

    KALOOY POD ANING MGA TAWHANA. ANG ILANG PAGKA COTER (co-terminus) diay maoy ilang gikasuk-an nga nasipa sila ug dili oras. na hala hutda ng tanang mga provision sa revised penal code ug pasaka batok sa inyong mga kaaway. tan-awon nato ug naa bay motunhay….  

  • citizenH

    If you ever wanted to know what AUDACITY looks like, well, Gwen Garcia is it.  She has the nerve to sue?  She has NO SHAME ……..

  • Albert

    They are lucky Garcia and her cronies were not charged with trespass. What is it these brain dead idiots dont understand about the word “suspended”……If they do not have the intelligence to look it up in the dictionary then they do not deserve to be in office.

    • Ivlivs

      Look for the lawyer/s na may pakana sa mga kasong ito. Lawyers should be made to answer for frivolous cases that they front for their clients and for which they waste the time of the judiciary.

  • Law Gabz

    kapal nang mukha, nag kaso pa sya, sila nga tong squatters sa opisina eh. co-terminus means kung suspended na yung boss mu, eh wala na syang power kaya wala ka na rin power, abogado ba ito?

  • mon key

    “decision would show that the co-terminus employees under her are not covered by said suspension,” the complainants said.” – unsa tan’aw nila sa ilahang kaugalingon – kuyaw? pag co-terminus ka sa politico, apil ka sa pagka freeze kay ang nag appoint nimo dili man ka function. maka trabaho pa diay sila kung suspended ang appointing authority? ilalum gud ni sila sa suspendido nga gobernadora. mao ni sila gtawag og naka basa og libro sa pamalaod, apan wala kasabot sa ilahang gbasa. bisaya man gud, unya ininglis ilaha gbasa, mao nang nag pa brayt brayt. pastilan! walay mga ulaw! pwe! ! ! 

  • indiosbravos2002

    This is what happens when votes are bought during election, the politician thinks he owns the position because he spent good money for it. Now when the sh@t hits the fan, the politician will not be able to accept that the fact that its the constituents who actually owns the office.

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