by Christine Emily L. Pantaleon
After she was suspended as Cebu governor, a combative Gwendolyn Garcia is determined not to step down.
Garcia has not left her office at the Cebu Provincial Capitol since she arrived Wednesday morning.
“Over my dead body,” Garcia said after she was asked if she would relinquish her post.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) earlier swore in Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale as the acting governor of Cebu.
“I am not saying I’m in high spirits. Last night, wa ko’y katog, wa man ko’y kahigdaan dinhe. I never fashioned my office to be a bedroom. Tingali, tonight, I might sleep on the floor or get a mattress, so I cannot be in high spirits,” Garcia said in an interview.
She said it’s the support of Cebuanos that keeps her going.
Last night, tension rose as policemen dismantled the tents installed fronting the Capitol. She went down to observe the pullout.
On surface it’s business as usual at the Capitol building although tax payers an d employees have to present an identification card upon entering the building
Steel guard rails installed by Capitol security are still in place in front of the building.
Magpale still holds office at the vice governor’s office in the Legislative Building.
She said she won’t force Garcia out but appealed to her to step down peacefully.
Magpale is expected to issue a memorandum to Capitol department heads this afternoon.