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 MalacaÃ±ang 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.
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, â€œMedia kami!â€ 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 donâ€™t you remove your mask. Letâ€™s see if you can say, â€˜okâ€™. ANCâ€™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…
I doubt if we will ever hear those words again uttered with the same pompousness as they were back in 2006.
“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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