Cebu gov Garcia asks court to junk motion seeking her suspension

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Outgoing Cebu governor Gwen Garcia on Wednesday asked the Sandiganbayan Second Division to junk a motion filed by the Office of the Ombudsman seeking her suspension from office.

In her petition, Garcia disputed the prosecution’s claim that she has effectively admitted the validity of the charges against her when she entered “not guilty” pleas during her arraignment last March 22.

“It is elementary that a Motion to Quash is filed precisely to question the validity of the information,” Garcia’s lawyers said, referring to the motion they filed on May 21, 2013.

“The prosecution’s claim that Governor Garcia has admitted to the validity of the Informations is erroneous at best and at worst, a blatant misrepresentation,” they added.

Garcia, who won a congressional seat in Cebu in the recently concluded elections, was indicted on two counts of graft and one malversation charge in connection with the allegedly anomalous purchase of the 24.92-hectare Balili Estate for P98.93 million in 2008.

Garcia’s camp argued that the purpose of suspension  has already been accomplished by her recently concluded six-month suspension.

“It simply makes no sense to suspend her at this time precisely because hse has already been prevented access to her Office that there is no other purpose for the Prosecution’s Motion to Suspend than to further embarrass and harass Governor Garcia. Such machinations are not only oppressive, they are cruel,” the defense said

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) suspended Garcia for six months last December for allegedly usurping the power of the vice governor and hiring consultants without the approval of the provincial council. — KBK, GMA News



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