Former Cebu Gov. and now third district Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia announced yesterday her plans to recapture the Cebu capitol despite the ruling issued by the Ombudsman that she is “perpetually disqualified” to hold public office.
The pronouncement was made during an assembly in Bantayan island, Cebu, as she said, “Yes, I will be running for governor.”
The recommended perpetual disqualification ruling by the Ombudsman against Garcia stemmed from the purchase of more than 40 hectares of Balili property in the City of Naga, Cebu, which amounted to P90 million.
The complaint on the purchase during her term as governor came as the property is mostly underwater and not suitable for human settlement.
Garcia was found guilty of grave misconduct for entering into a contract with ABF Construction for the provincial government’s housing and seaport projects without authority from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
She told media, “We want change from the trapo (traditional politician) system of this Davide administration.”
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III is seeking reelection with his running mate Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale.
“In our service to the Cebuanos before, we would be remembered for actions than words as the present administration, for five or almost six years already, has not served the Cebuanos truly,” Garcia opined.
The congresswoman’s running mate will be former Liloan Mayor and now Commissioner of the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) Duke Frasco, who is her son-in-law.
Duke is married to Atty. Cristina Garcia, who is now Mayor of Liloan.
Both will be running under their local party, One Cebu, affiliated with the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).
However, reports reaching Daily Tribune revealed that Garcia will not get support of five Cebu congressmen who are members of the PDP as they are set to back the reelection bid of Davide and Magpale.
Only Rep. Benhur Salimbangon (fourth district) is an ally of Garcia.
These five are Representatives Anthony Gerard Gullas (first district); Wilfredo Caminero (second district); Ramon Durano VI (fifth district); Jonas Cortes (sixth district) and Peter John Calderon (seventh district).