Cebu guv forgoes trip for Pedro Calungsod canonization-A A +A
Friday, October 12, 2012
CEBU CITY -- Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is forgoing her wish to attend the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod in Rome on October 21.
There is a hold-departure order (HDO) against the governor over graft charges.
”I have a hold-departure order, though I could ask for a leave of course, but I decided to stay,” Garcia said.
Garcia is facing charges before the Sandiganbayan over the purchase of a partly submerged property in Naga City in southern Cebu, the basis for the HDO.
While she won’t be witnessing Calungsod’s canonization rites, the governor will get to attend “a special day for my first-born.”
Her eldest son Paolo’s birthday falls on Oct. 21, the scheduled canonization of Calungsod.
But the governor said she will be joining Cebuanos attending the canonization “in spirit.”
”Certainly I am one with our brothers and sisters who are fortunate enough to leave and be in Rome,” she said.
Garcia said the canonization of a Visayan Saint, San Pedro “Calungsod, is a great blessing for the Province of Cebu.
Ginatilan town in southern Cebu will be holding a parallel celebration on October 21.
It is believed that the soon-to-be saint is from Ginatilan, where the Calungsod clan hails from. (PNA)