Gwen’s ‘lifestyle change’ after nine days in Capitol

Posted on December 28, 2012

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IT’S been a ‘major’ lifestyle change for suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, who has been living in her Capitol office for over a week in defiance of an order by the Office of the President to step down for six months.

“Never for so long have I been confined in such a small space,” she said.

“My office is not a place to sleep.”

At night, she sleeps on a mattress on the floor in a small side room filled with stacks of boxes.

Instead of a shower, she makes do with a pail and dipper (‘tabo’) because water supply in the bathroom is irregular.

If not for the political upset over the suspension order, Garcia told reporters she’d be on the road visiting Cebu towns and cities as part of her normal routine.

“I used to travel the length of this province… “

Garcia said she would put up with the discomfort to drive home her point that she was the victim of an “illegal” suspension order and a “power grab” by the administration Liberal Party.

“I am ready to face all of these difficulties, all of this discomfort, inconvenience, even the threats they make,”

“That’s the price I have to pay for taking this stand… I am now standing for over a million Cebuanos who voted me into office, once, twice, three times… People are seeing that I am made into a test case… I am standing firm,” she told reporters.

No temporary restraining order has been issued by the Court of Appeals where her lawyers filed a petition a week ago.

“We continue to hope and pray. The court has taken cognizance of our case. The TRO would be the best development at this juncture so that things can go back to normal,” Garcia said.

Former Tarlac governor Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco was the latest of her series of visitors yesterday morning.

It was Cojuangco’s second visit since the suspension order came down. She told reporters she wanted “to pay her respect to Govenor Gwen” before attending a conference of barangay councilors in Cebu City.

Christina Frasco, the governor’s daughter, and lawyer, said the whole family was willing to spend the New Year in the Capitol, the way they gathered on Christmas Day, if the TRO doesn’t come.

“The governor is clear in her stand… in the New Year, we will still be here,” she said.

“She will do whatever it takes… being a validly elected governor, she has no holidays and she has demonstrated that,” said Frasco, who insists that her mother should be acknowledged as the Cebu governor and not the “suspended governor”. /Carmel Loise Matus, Correspondent

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