'Gwen Garcia defiance shows abuse of authority'

Posted at 01/03/2013 6:29 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - Suspended Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia has set a pattern of abuse of authority even before she decided to defy Malacañang's order to suspend her, the daughter of the late Cebu Vice-Governor Greg Sanchez said Thursday.

Speaking to ANC, engineer Grecila "Gigi" Sanchez said it is not Malacañang that is instituting a power grab in Cebu but Garcia after she continued to defy President Aquino's order.

"To me, this is still another case of abuse of authority just like what she did to my late father some time 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010...Her defiance of the law to me is still another abuse of authority," she told Mornings@ANC.

Sanchez said it is inconceivable for Garcia to accuse the Palace of denying her due process when she was given ample time to present witnesses and documents.

President Aquino ordered Garcia's suspension based on an administrative complaint filed by former Vice Governor Sanchez. The complaint accused Garcia of hiring consultants without the Provincial Board’s authority and hiring employees for the Office of the Vice Governor.

Meanwhile, the late vice-governor's daughter said Garcia also opposed her hiring as a consultant of then vice-governor Agnes Magpale despite costing the Cebu government only 1 peso a year. She said Magpale wanted to tap her expertise on organic farming.

She also noted that her father opposed Garcia's purchase of the Balili property.

Sanchez alleged Garcia wanted to put a CCTV camera in his father's office "to find out who are the mayors going to his office." This way, she said, Garcia could take away the vehicles of the mayors who were sympathetic to the vice-governor.

Mornings@ANC, January 3, 2013