Tents and railings were set up all over the Capitol while police were on standby in response to reports that a suspension order will be issued today to Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.
More than a thousand barangay health workers and barangay nutrition scholars mostly from the first and sixth district were told to go to Capitol grounds.
Garcia’s police escorts in civilian clothes and her son Paulo were visible at the Capitol grounds since Garcia is out of town.
A representative of the health workers and nutrition scholars said they were scheduled for a meeting but on hearing reports of the suspension order, they decided to hold a vigil until 8 p.m.
When interviewed most of the scholars and health workers professed not knowing why they were invited in the Capitol.
“Capitol is on heightened security. We are expecting additional warm bodies that would manifest support,” said Capitol spokesperson Rory Jon Sepulveda.
However he denied reports that the suspension order issued by the Office of the President for the governor already arrived.
In a radio report Aiza Nugra, legal officer of the Department of Interior and Local Governments in Central Visayas (DILG-7) said they have yet to receive such an order from their central office.
Nugra said other DILG officers she spoke with haven’t received any directive to serve the suspension order to Governor Garcia
The rumored suspension order came in relation to the ruling for the administrative case for usurpation of authority investigated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) against the governor. Garcia’s camp still considers it a rumor. /Christine Emily Pantaleon