Palace: Cebu Gov’s suspension not politically motivated

Following the accusation of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia’s allies that her six-month suspension over grave abuse of authority is a matter of politics, a Palace official on Wednesday vehemently denied the charge. “Politics was not a factor in the cases that came up as far as the administration is concerned. May mga lumabas na reklamo [na] kailangan aksyunan. ‘Yon lang ‘yon,” Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang said in a chance interview with reporters. Garcia’s suspension order stemmed from an administrative case filed by the late former Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez Jr., GMA Cebu's Alan Domingo said in a report on News to Go Wednesday. Garcia allegedly committed acts of usurpation, including the hiring of employees and consultants and slashing the budget of the Office of the Vice Governor, the report added. However, Garcia’s party was quick to defend her, saying the moves against the Governmor was a power grab, and a return to the previous’ administration's brand of politics. "This is without a doubt a power grab by Roxas and the LP [Liberal Party]. This is a return to the discredited practice of the Arroyo regime where the people's will is subverted and government power is used to harass and persecute political opponents," UNA Secretary General Toby Tiangco said in a statement Wednesday. "Apparently, Secretary Roxas is using the vast powers of his office to dig up old complaints against local officials and use these cases to harass and intimidate. This is not 'daang matuwid'. This is Gloria part 2," he added. Tiangco also noted that both Cebu and Pangasinan are vote-rich provinces whose governors are not considered political allies by Roxas and LP During her term, Arroyo was repeatedly accused of political patronage. Tiangco added that Department of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas is now doing the same thing, to allow Vice Governor Agnes Magpale to take effective control of the province. Magpale was sworn in as officer-in-charge immediately after the suspension order was served to Garcia’s office. For his part Carandang dismissed the accusations, saying that the administration was merely acting on complaints filed. “Well, I can assure you [that] politics has nothing to do with it as far as we are concerned. May mga prosesong sinunod ‘yung mga kaso na ‘yon,” he said. Carandang also pointed to the nearing election season as a wellspring of possible criticisms of the administration. “If you look at it one way sasabihin kapag kumilos, sasabihin politically motivated. Pero kung hindi rin kumilos may magsasabi rin na politically motivated. So we’re entering the season where pretty much you’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don‘t. So para sa amin we just let the processes take [their] course,” Carandang said. Carandang added that the President did not take special interest in the case, saying the Chief Executive’s approval of the suspension was merely part of his duties. “It’s just the regular process. It wasn’t viewed in a political manner,” Carandang said. — BM, GMA News

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

    Child rights advocates called on senators to pass and strongly endorse a law that will institutionalize positive and nonviolent methods of disciplining children.The Child Rights Network (CRN), Plan International Philippines (PIP), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLPCD), and Lihok Pilipinas Foundation led the call for the enactment of the Positive Discipline Bill.Several Quezon City Council members led by Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel Suntay, Victor Ferrer …

  • Method to their madness

    [caption id="attachment_256768" align="alignright" width="212"] Illustration by Rod Cañalita[/caption] EMMANUEL PORTUGAL Country Manager for the Philippines, VMware I look after the garden. I’d like to think that I have a green thumb—no plants have died so far! The ones I like now that I planted a few months ago is the Blue Iris. Like the town in the movie, my Blue Iris shows up in the morning and only appears for one day. …

  • JGFP Summer Tour on today

    The summer tour for local junior golfers kicks off with the holding of the ICTSI-JGFP Baguio Junior Open today and tomorrow at the treacherous Baguio Country Club course in Baguio.Sixty players aged 6 to 17 years old are entered in the 36-hole tourney serving as the opening leg of the summer circuit organized by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines with the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Foundation as main sponsor. ... …

  • PH now market ready to absorb infra bonds

    The Philippine market is now ready to absorb infrastructure bonds that will be issued by private companies amid a growing pipeline of infra-related projects under the government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program. President Benigno Aquino III last week said the government is still committed to spend more on the country’s infrastructure, with 16 PPP projects currently on the pipeline and nine that have already been awarded. Over the years, some of the country’s biggest infrastructure …

  • Filipinos are saving more – BSP survey

    More Filipinos have the extra cash to save for that proverbial rainy day, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Philippines (BSP). Based on a quarterly survey on consumer confidence, domestic households with savings have the means to increase family reserves and to bring up the amount to historical highs. The central bank said improved family income, a generally positive outlook on the economy, inflation and foreign exchange rates encouraged saving behavior during the first three months of 2015. …

  • AXA Philippines growing alongside its parent firm

    Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corp. is growing side by side with its parent firm, global insurance firm AXA, after posting significant growth in its total premium income amid an increasing market share in the country. A statement showed that in the Philippines, multi-billion firm AXA Group saw P18.35 billion in total premium income. The local entity of AXA, AXA Philippines is a joint venture between AXA Group and the Metrobank Group. In 2014, it saw an increase in market share to 11.6 …

  • End to traffic jam in sight? Japan to lend P4B to PHL for road projects

    The Japanese government will be providing some P4 billion to the Philippines for road projects aimed at decongesting monstrous jams in Metro Manila.Noriaki Niwa, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), said the loan will cover major interchanges to address traffic congestion in Metro Manila, including flyovers, and road links.Among them are the interchanges on EDSA-Roosevelt/Congressional, EDSA-West/North, and C-5-Green Meadows and North/Mindanao Avenue. ... …

  • US won’t provide flexibility for countries interested in TPP

    Washington D.C.—The US government will not provide any flexibility for potential member countries, like the Philippines, in their bid to become part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a senior official said. Economic and Business Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary William E. Craft, Jr., said all restrictions stated under the TPP trade deal will be maintained and have to be met by the current and future member countries. Earlier, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said that the …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options