Gwen determined to stay

Posted on December 20, 2012

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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.

Suspended governor Gwen Garcia refused to leave her office at the provincial capitol. She was seen sitting at the entrance of her office at 12 midnight. (CARMEL MATUS)

Suspended governor Gwen Garcia refused to leave her office at the provincial capitol. She was seen sitting at the entrance of her office at 12 midnight. (CARMEL MATUS)

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

Heightened security at the Capitol force individuals to show their IDs upon entry. (CARMEL MATUS)

Heightened security at the Capitol force individuals to show their IDs upon entry. (CARMEL MATUS)

 

Steel guard rails installed by Capitol security are still in place in front of the building.

Capitol at 3 am, Thursday. PRO 7 police guard quadrangle and main gate entrance. Large police transport vehicle blocking both entry points apparently to keep people from massing there again. (EILEEN MANGUBAT)

Capitol at 3 am, Thursday. PRO 7 police guard quadrangle and main gate entrance. Large police transport vehicle blocking both entry points apparently to keep people from massing there again. (EILEEN MANGUBAT)

 

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.

 

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