TRO not abandoned, Garcia's camp says

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 01 2013 11:04 PM | Updated as of Feb 02 2013 07:04 AM

MANILA - Suspended Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia has not abandoned her petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO), her daughter said Friday.

Attorney Christina Garcia Frasco, in a press statement, said the TRO was already submitted for resolution last January 10, as declared by Justice Vicente Veloso, chairman of the Court of Appeals' 12th Division.

"He reiterated this in his written order dated January 22," she said.

"On the alleged 'abandonment' of the TRO because we asked for time to file a reply, we have not abandoned our application for TRO," Frasco added.

She said Garcia filed separate petitions for a TRO and for a preliminary injunction.

Frasco added they have not received a resolution on the TRO.

"Today, before our receipt of any CA resolution, Governor Garcia filed a motion to inhibit Justice Veloso," she said. "The motion to inhibit is grounded on  Justice Veloso's demonstrated undue bias, prejudice and partiality when he made sweeping statements against Governor Garcia during the oral arguments on the TRO; (and) there has been inordinate delay in the resolution of the application for TRO."

She claimed that the delay in the resolution of the TRO "is tainted with political bias seeing that Justice Veloso immediately granted a TRO to Liberal Party member Aga Muhlach on the same day as his hearing, while Justice Veloso has delayed and refused to issue a TRO to UNA Party member Governor Garcia."

"Justice Veloso's most recent resolution makes even more evident his bias and prejudice against Governor Garcia, giving Governor Garcia more reason to move for his  inhibition," Frasco claimed.