Court of Appeals acts on suspended Cebu governor’s petition against her suspension but she’s still suspended

The Court of Appeals has yet to issue a temporary restraining order on a Palace order suspending Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for usurpation of authority. It has, instead, ordered the Office of the President and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to argue that the suspension order is valid.

The Court of Appeals has yet to issue a temporary restraining order on a Palace order suspending Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for usurpation of authority. It has, instead, ordered the Office of the President and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to argue that the suspension order is valid.

 

Edu Punay of the Philippine Star reports the CA will decide on whether or not to issue a Temporary Restraining Order on Garcia’s suspension after oral arguments on the petition. Until then, the suspension order stands.

 

Garcia, through her counsel and daughter Christina Garcia-Frasco, is questioning the legality of the order because it was not served personally. Garcia has also said the suspension order, to be valid,  should have been handed down months ago. "The records of the case were reportedly forwarded to the OP last July 26. The decision should have been issued 30 days after, but it came out last Dec. 17 or 144 days later," the Philippine Star said.

 

Garcia, a member of the United Nationalist Alliance led by Vice President Jejomar Binay and ousted President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, has called her suspension a power grab by the administration Liberal Party.

 

For more on this story, log on to PhilStar.com.

 

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