Magpale’s patience-A A +A
Friday, January 4, 2013
ACTING Cebu Gov. Agnes Magpale said her order for “super maximum tolerance” in dealing with suspended Gov. Gwen Garcia was being carried out well by Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Marcelo Garbo Jr.
“I have a lot of patience,” Magpale said. “I’ve been criticized for not doing that (eviction) but I’m sure she’ll be enlightened.”
Those who criticized Magpale can’t seem to wait to see when her patience wears thin.
Gov. Gwen failed to get a TRO-–temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals (CA) against what she considers an illegal six-month suspension.
The CA instead scheduled her petition for oral arguments on Jan. 10.
But she is not losing hope.
Well, it may just be a coincidence that TRO also stands for Tomas R. Osmena, the
former Cebu City mayor and now the city’s south district congressman who is her most bitter critic.
Lawyer Hilario “Junjun” Davide III, Liberal Party-Cebu provincial chairman and gubernatorial bet, said Gov. Gwen can stay at her office “for as long as she wants.”
“Anyway, (Garcia) ceased to function as governor since we already have an acting governor,” he said.
Gov. Gwen celebrated Christmas and New Year in her office.
That should make her stay most memorable.
Rep. Tomas Osmeña said Gov. Gwen could either be physically removed or isolated by cutting off power and water to her office, a strategy which police usually use against hostage-takers and putschists occupying a hotel or a government building.
Liberal Party lawyers are kinder-–they are studying the possibility of billing the suspended governor for her stay at the Capitol.
But even this plan raises one question. If Gov. Gwen refuses to pay, would they also cut off power and water to her office?
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 04, 2013.