THE family of suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said the current situation at the Capitol can be compared to martial law.
In a press conference last Thursday Garcia’s daughter and Capitol consultant Christina Codilla Frasco said she she was offended by the way the policemen interrupted the Mass held by the governor’s supporters.
“Personally no, I’m so very offended in behalf of the Cebuanos since it’s Holy Mass. We are expressing our devotion to God, then the police will enter during holy communion, don’t they respect God and the Cebuanos?,” Frasco said.
Frasco said the police had no right to break up a Holy Mass since the Capitol is a public place. She said she was also saddened by the tight security in the Capitol, comparing it to a garrison.
“There’s so many police men. This is a public place. That’s a violation of human rights. They’re asking for identification. Are we already under martial law? They’re overdoing their duties,” Pablo said.
Some political friends of the governor who showed their support were blocked by the police officers so they left their vehicles and walked to the gate.
Minutes after Frasco pleaded to the police personnel at the gate, former Tarlac governor and United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate, Margarette “Ting-Ting” Cojuangco arrived to show her support to the governor.
Cojuangco is the aunt of President Benigno Aquino III. She said she was saddened because the suspension order was imposed on the governor days before Christmas and six months before the elections.
The governor’s father, Deputy House Speaker Pablo Garcia questioned the administrative order issued to her in a press conference yesterday afternoon.
He said a case of usurpation of authority filed against a public official cannot be pursued by the complainant’s family if he or she died.
“Will the case survive filed by public officer after the death of the public officer and before it has been investigated?” the elder Garcia said.
The case of usurpation of authority was filed by the late vice governor Greg Sanchez in 2010 while the investigation was terminated in August 31, 2011.
Congressman Garcia said the Office of the President should have decided the case within 30 days from the end of the investigation. He said the decision on the suspension was rendered on Dec. 17, 2012 or 474 days after the investigation was terminated.
“The decision was postponed in order to time with the election.” Pablo added./ Christine Emily Pantaleon