Gwendolyn Garcia could end up living like a cavewoman in the Cebu Capitol building

The clock is ticking for suspended Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia who is currently besieged in the provincial capitol after she defied a suspension order issued by Malacañang mid-December last year. As police mulled over their options short of physically dragging Garcia out of the public building, Acting Governor Agnes Almendras Magpale is considering cutting off power and water to the building — not a good prospect to face in a stinking-hot country like the Philippines where the well-heeled depend on airconditioning and frequent showering to keep the their scalps and skin lice- and libag-free.

Cebu Capitol: Not brightly-lit for long
Cebu Capitol: Not brightly-lit for long
But Garcia remains adamant

“As I said I will stay here and I will defend this office, I will resist any attempt to bodily remove me,” she said. “I just hope when that happens, media will be around to record what they are trying to do.”

Exactly what “office” Garcia is defending becomes less clear by the day. Already, documents have emerged that lend more clarity around the history leading to the debacle she has embroiled herself in. Blogwatch.tv reports a summary of the findings in a report, OP Case No. 10-K-504 “Hon. Gregorio G. Sanchez, Jr. vs Hon Gwendolyn F. Garcia”, submitted by the late former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo in July, 2012. Robredo it seems found Garcia “guilty of Grave Abuse of Authority and is meted out the penalty of six (6) months suspension from Office”…

After a thorough examination of the documents and testimonies of all the witnesses that were presented by both parties it can be gleaned that the case arose from the ate of the Respondent in denying then Vice Governor Sanchez the appointing authority in the Office of the Vice-Governor , the slashing of the budget of the Office of the Vice-Governor of Cebu, the stoppage of the publication of the Legislative Gaveland non-payment of the honoraria of the publication staff under the Office of the Vice-Governor, the transfer of funding for the Legislative Research Codification Project from the Office of the Vice-Governor to the Office of the Governor and the non-payment of overtime pay of the personnel of the Office of the Vice-Governor.

Furthermore, her call for media presence, presumably to lend some sort of perverse credibility to her “cause” simply highlights the all-too-familiar desperation of an act of rebellion that has degenerated to untenability. Senator Antonio Trillanes knows only too well how important this “media support” is. Unfortunately for Garcia, “Media kami!” the once mighty battle cry of the Philippine Media has long since become a poignant joke

I quoted reporter Ellen Tordesilla’s account of the quaint dramatics of the contingent of Media people who were scrambling for scoops in that 2006 mutiny [allegedly led by Trillanes] here; to wit…

When the fully armed, fully masked SAF pushed the door open aiming their high-powered firearms at us, they were greeted by TV cameras as we shouted “Media kami.” They went to another room but finding it empty came back. They wanted to bring us out but we complained about stinging tear gas. One SAF member said, “Okay na, okay na.” One of us said, “Why don’t you remove your mask. Let’s see if you can say, ‘ok’. ANC’s Ces Drilon went on air to appeal to the authorities to stop the tear gassing so we could all go down.

After a while, the SAF came back. They first grabbed [alleged mutiny leaders] Trillanes and Lim. Then they herded the rest of us out. They ordered us to raise our hands. Most people ignored the order reasoning out, “We are not surrenderers.”

Mark those words…

“Media kami!”

I doubt if we will ever hear those words again uttered with the same pompousness as they were back in 2006.

“Media kami”

“We are not surrenderers”

Such quaint and empty rhetoric in hindsight.

Times have changed indeed. What were once state armed forces labelled the bad guys by these “media people” are now under the command of a government their employers are in bed with. When you step back and regard the bigger picture over a broader historical context, you begin to see the folly in putting one’s faith in mainstream Philippine Media and the “heroes” they prop up before us.

Garcia, unfortunately, is imprisoned by thinking that is a tired relic of the mid-2000s’ ocho-ocho activism. One just needs to recall the fatal role these same “media people” played in the degeneration of that infamous hostage situation that led to the deaths of nine Hong Kong tourists that blighted the beginning of the Second Aquino Administration.

Cebu once regarded itself as a proud province able to stand on its own feet. Unfortunately, Garcia is demonstrating that her constituents are no more than the same third-rate trying-hard copycats that the rest of their compatriots are.

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ChinoF
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Cavewoman? Ungga-bungga?

As if most of the imporished Filipinos around the country aren’t living like cavepeople already… and acting like so!

Impaler Triumphant
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In a good light, Garcia might finally get reacquainted (assuming she knows the plight of many poor people) with the conditions of Filipinos and Pinoys below the poverty line. If she could use it as a point against Magpale and before all media, I wonder…

But meh, is there a politician who even listens to us?

Mirror Force
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**impoverished

jojo k
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This atrocious and deplorable habit of politicos to use gullible, ordinary citizens to cover for their hide is akin to Saddam Hussein using children and babies as “human shields” just so he could protect his selfish interests and hang on to power. Gov. Gwen Garcia can fend for herself, she has got the means to fight her battles. Why the need to put poor Cebuanos in harm’s way? That to me is malicious, irresponsible and egomaniacal. Pnoy is dictatorial, no doubt. But there are other avenues to fight this dictator. In blogsites, on your walls, this coming elections, in places… Read more »
Impaler Triumphant
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“What is it about power that makes humans cling to it for as long as they can no matter how wasted or ugly they become?” — Power means control over other people, as we all know, man. Speaking of becoming wasted and ugly, and assuming power makes faces turn wasted and ugly; could it be the case that Gwendolyn has had invested so hard on her looks to keep her from getting ugly, meanwhile Agnes has failed to address her looks? Allegedly, of course.

Forgive me for the ad hominem, but,
Seriously, Agnes is damn ugly.

Domingo Arong
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benigno Living in a cave is certainly a lot better than sleeping in a prison cell — which is where Gwen Garcia may find herself confined in very soon. For she is facing THREE counts of graft as discussed in this August 17th, 2012 issue of PDI, the relevant excepts of which I’ve quoted below: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/251666/gwen-co-accused-in-balili-land-case-are-issued-hold-departure-orders-by-sandiganbayan “The Sandigabayan has issued three hold departure orders against Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia. “That’s one for each count of graft in a pending case related to the the 2008 purchase of the Balili property in Naga City, where lots were mostly under water.” Actually… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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Whoa! Are we now on the side of “the great leader” BS Aquino? The creeping dictatorship is getting bolder in Cebu. A lot of yellow propagandists are hitting her on the internet Cebu Sun Star shout box. I would prefer to take a gallant view of the lady governor. She is being hit by all the yellow resources that BS can dish out. We must remember that the executive power of BS is not absolute. He implements the law. This is true. But he cannot interpret the law. Let us wait for the decision of the Court of Appeals. Looks… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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I forgot to ask… Does BS Aquino selectively hate beautiful women whom he perceives as political enemies?

Johnny Derp
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Maybe BS Aquino is insecure of their beauty considering that he’s G-A-Y.

janey
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That’s more like it, Johnny Derp. Yup.

nieves godinez
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I don’t understand why BenignO is now singing the tunes of the yellow propagandists like Tordesillas. Gwen Garcia has a solid mandate to finish her term. She is holding an elective post and until she is proven guilty, she cannot be unseated by some trumped up charges by the delusional executive in Malacanang. This is clear power grab, plain and simple by the Liberal Party. They are getting bolder with their defiance of the rule of law. What Garcia and her supporters should do is to be firm and steadfast. We all know the media are in the pockets of… Read more »
Hyden Toro
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Aquino wants to put his own man or woman, in this office. This is a Corona style of removing people in office, done by Aquino. It is a dangerous move. Aquino is becoming a dictator now. You vote for leaders. Aquino can remove the leader, you voted; to put his own man or woman. He is worse than Marcos.

Andrew
Guest

Hang on – some of us remember Marcos.

felix alabado
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Pilipino politicians if not all are kapit tuko sa pwesto sa gobyerno,dyan kasi ang yaman sa kaban ng bayan.if Pinoy is diktador he should be punished,sampahan nyo ng kaso,like gov.garcia she should observed Rule of Law as what GMA always said,weather2 lang yan,kung ano ang ginawa kay Erap yan din kay GMA,now kung may kasalanan din si Pinoy ganun din ang mangyayari sa kanya later.dahil sa pulitika ng mga mayayaman at maimpluwensyang tao.wala na pag uunlad ang bayang ito,kawawa na ang ating mga apo.When this nation can be Great again?how stupid politics we have.Amen

scalaberch
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Yes, we have a very stupid politics. But to think that the current Executive holds the Legislative and the Judiciary, with the help of MEDIA and the elite… well… I don’t know where this country will go…

This nation went near great at the time of your “Dictator”. Sad thing the successor started the wormhole…

sendonggirl
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gwen can get do whatever she wants the grp fanboys will defend her because they are fellow anti pnoys

domo
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Your level of moronism is now similar to vincensus ignoramus woman. Did you even read the article? Did benign0 even said that he supports Gwen Garcia? O pinapakita mo na naman yung pagiging juan tamad mo’t atake lang ang kayang mong gawin sa amin?
Mods I recommend to ban this irrelevant troll.

sendonggirl
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yes i read it and i didnt claim that benigno supports gwen. im saying that since in this issue gwen and pnoy are on opposite sides the grp fanboys will naturally side with her no matter what she does. ok?

scalaberch
Guest

“im saying that since in this issue gwen and pnoy are on opposite sides the grp fanboys will naturally side with her no matter what she does. ok?”

i sense a generalization here.

Gogs
Member

Cards on the table sendonggirl . You are a fanboy/ fan girl of who or what? To say “the truth” would be an outright lie.

sendonggirl
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just a fan of the perlas ng silangan
🙂

Ma. Lourdes Cruz
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I agree with Benign0. Garcia, abide by the rule of law. Don’t bring your fight to the streets. Prove to the people that you are not a copy-cat yellowtard

Lord Chimera
Guest

Benigno does have a point about Guv Gwen’s dilemma. BSA (unfortunately) has a very powerful weapon that is legal and can be used against the Guv and she is powerless against it. What is questionable is that BSA is using the legality of the law to defeat the justice of the law.

The Guv has the righteousness of her cause, but it does not grant victory. The only thing she can do is let BSA have his political victory, but of course it goes without saying that BSA lost the moral and ethical aspects of this fight…..

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

The bottom line is the Court of Appeals already acquired jurisdiction over the case. Any judgement calls from the author or the yellow trolls are not valid, legal or acceptable as gospel truth. At most, these are just biased opinions. Let us respect the CA and wait for its interpretation of the law on the matter. Please… no more opinions on the facts, content or substance of the case which is already with the CA.

scalaberch
Guest

Media… media…

Where in the elite holds a significant slice of their power. HAHAHA

Libertas
Guest

it is not just who is right or wrong.
maybe due process! can resolve that.
it is about p-noy selectively targetting opponents whilst his kkk cronies and supporters all have their hands in the cookie jar.
who is next – gov. pineda i imagine.

Andrew
Guest

It looks to me (and I know nothing of the rights and wrongs of this case, other than what I have read, here and elsewhere) that time is not on Garcia’s side, here – she has tried to whip up some sort of a “people power” action, but the Palace is not stupid enough to grant her wish by sending in police, let alone troops.

The longer she spends as the Philippines’ richest squatter, the weaker her position becomes.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@Andrew

You know nothing… period. Yet you defend the propaganda line of the dictator. You are obviously a black propagandist when you stated: “The longer she spends as the Philippines’ richest squatter, the weaker her position becomes.” Philippines richest squatter? Repeat the big lie and it will appear as the truth. She is not the richest. But your statement is rich in calumny.

sendonggirl
Guest

you did not understand the squatter line

Andrew
Guest

Thank you.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@sendonggirl

Take an IQ MENSA test and see if you will make the grade. You are still an alien life form of lesser intellect.

sendonggirl
Guest

touché. i will explain it to you. i will help you in reading comprehension so you will not embarrass yourself again. the word squatter was a reference to gwen staying in office even though shes been suspended and is technically not the governor for now. andrew didnt actually make a survey of the financial capabilities of all squatters in the philippines and ranked her 1. lightbulb on now? yeeeeeeeeeeeesssss baby steps are still steps hehehehehehehehehe

Andrew
Guest

@ Thomas Jefferson,

Whilst we are, of course, glad to see you alive and well, after all these years, do tell us – why should we respect the views of a man who mortgaged his own children?

And in the event that you are not, in fact, the real Thomas Jefferson, do try to keep in mind that silly abuse is not the best way to make friends and influence people – influencing people being what this is all about, right?

Ici
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@benignO ‘Indeed, we shouldn’t but that is another “fight” that is on-going and will continue regardless of the fate of this Garcia lady. Of what value is Garcia in the bigger scheme of things? Will she be missed if she is gone? Highly unlikely. She’s just another REPLACEABLE politician.’ I agree with what you said. Truth is, Gwen Garcia was a bit of a disappointment to me after she appeared to have switched sides even as my eyes were still moist from her ‘Palabra de honor’ speech during the 2010 campaign. I guess being ‘cooperative’ was an attempt to protect… Read more »
Alex
Guest

i couldn’t have said it any better..thank you 🙂

ici
Guest

same wavelength… 😀

Ici
Guest

*tuwid …ayaw talagang mag-tuwid…

Libertas
Guest

no need to cut off water and electricity.
stop her supply of botox and she will soon leave, or if not she will look like the vice-governor.

isdang dako
Guest

@Libertas you’re right its the BOTOX treatment that she needed that is the reason why gwen sneaked out of the Capitol in the middle of the night hiding her face.

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