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Gwen vows to continue ‘restoring’ underwater lots, says it’s worth P623 million now

December 13, 2012


  Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia yesterday said she will continue to “restore” underwater portions of the Balili property in Naga City even though the property and her decision to buy it for P98.9 million is the subject of a graft case in the Sandiganbayan. She said the value of the coastal property has gone up sixfold […]

Backfilling of Balili lot ‘tampers’ evidence, illegal, says opponents

December 8, 2012


Backfilling the scandal-tainted Balili property in Naga has earned Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia two new graft complaints. One case was filed yesterday by Liberal Party gubernatorial candidate Hilario “Junjun” Davide III with the Ombudsman in the Visayas. Another was filed by Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale and Provincial Board Majority Floor Leader Arleigh Jay Sitoy. Both moves […]

Gwen says P60M set for Balili dev’t

November 25, 2012


ABOUT P60 million was approved by the Cebu Provincial Board (PB) to develop the Balili property in 2010, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said yesterday. She said the amount was appropriated in the item “Airport, Seaport and other Economic Enterprise Site Development Program”. “(Vice Gov.) Agnes Magpale and the whole PB approved the provincial budget. We […]

PJ Sue us, we sue back

November 25, 2012


Rep. Pablo John Garcia yesterday welcomed the threat of gubernatorial candidate Hilario Davide III to file new charges over earthmoving activity in the Balili estate where coastal land is being backfilled with limestone. Garcia, who is also running for the governorship in 2013, said he would file countercharges if that happens. He said a field […]

Court pushes trial on Balili case

November 12, 2012


 THE Capitol’s bid to regain the P37.8-million it paid for the controversial Balili property in barangay Tina-an, Naga City was validated by a court ruling last week. In a ruling dated last Nov. 7, Regional Trial Court Judge Raphael Yrastorza of Branch 14 rejected a plea by widow Amparo Balili who asked to dismiss the […]

Gwen moves to stop Sandiganbayan trial

July 28, 2012


The legal team of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia is challenging the decision and jurisdiction of the Ombudsman in the graft charges filed against the governor in connection with the 2008 purchase of land in the Balili Estate which turned out to be mosty under water. Her daughter, lawyer Cristina Codilla-Frasco filed a motion for reconsideration […]

Balili kin, Bolo post bail, says Capitol lot purchase ‘legal’

July 24, 2012


Though all of 84 years old, Amparo Balili still managed to walk through the doors of the Palace of Justice to post bail on charges filed against her in relation to the 2008 Balili property purchase. Balili, along with former board member Juan Bolo and lawyer Romeo Balili, each posted a P30,000 bail pending trial […]

Ombud says no plunder, only graft raps for Gwen

July 22, 2012


CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and other officials couldn’t face plunder charges despite spending P98.9 million in Capitol funds to purchase the controversial Balili beach property in Naga City, the Ombudsman-Visayas said. Pelagio Apostol, Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas, said Garcia and the other officials could be charged with plunder if they accumulated wealth of at […]

Bolo awaits arrest warrant, Osmeña says gov ‘deserves it’

July 20, 2012


Former Provincial Board Member Juan Bolo said he would post bail as soon as an arrest warrant is issued against him by the Sandiganbayan in connection with graft charges in the Balili land case. “I was just following orders,” he said, repeating his line of defense in the P98.9 million Balili land deal. After losing […]

Stay 30 meters away from sinkholes—MGB

July 13, 2012


A government geologist said sinkholes in Cebu island were a normal occurence. But geologist Al Berador warned people to stay at least 30 meters away because the ground depression could recur and worsen. “We discourage the public from residing in limestone areas because we don’t know if there are caverns under the surface,” said the […]