Cebu governor defies suspension order as her supporters barricade the provincial capitol
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, whom Malacañang has ordered suspended for six months for abuse of authority, has defied the order, saying it is political harassment based on an old case.
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, whom Malacañang has ordered suspended for six months for abuse of authority, has defied the order, saying it was political harassment based on an old case.
Joyce Pangco Pañares of Manila Standard Today reports Garcia has refused to leave the capitol. "I assure the Cebuanos that, in accordance with their mandate, I shall continue to discharge the functions of the Office of Governor of the Province of Cebu until the remedies that due process affords me, and available under our laws, are exhausted," Garcia said.
She said the order was not served properly since a photocopy of it was merely posted on the capitol bulletin board.
Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said the order was served by DILG Regional Director Ananias Villacorta. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale has taken her oath as acting governor, the report said.
"Anti-riot police surrounded the capitol in the heart of the bustling city as about 1,000 followers of the governor held an overnight vigil at the facade of the domed building," the report said.
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