Garcia suspension not due to politics - Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2012 11:39 AM | Updated as of Dec 19 2012 09:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang confirmed Wednesday that it has suspended Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for six months. A Palace spokesperson said the suspension has nothing to do with politics. 

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ricky Carandang said the suspension is part of a process involving a case filed against Garcia.  

“I can assure you politics has nothing to do with it as far as we are concerned. May mga prosesong sinunod ang kasong iyon. If you look at it one way, ‘pag kumilos, sasabihin politically motivated. Pero ‘pag hindi rin kumilos, may magsasabi ring politically motivated. So we’re entering the season where pretty much you’re damned if you, you’re damned it you don’t. Para sa amin, we will just let the processes take their course,” Carandang told reporters.  

The Office of the President issued an order to suspend Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for six months for grave abuse of authority.  

Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez filed a case against Garcia for allegedly withholding the budget for his office.

President Aquino ordered then DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo to conduct an investigation but the results of the probe were forwarded to Malacañang only this year.

Garcia also allegedly did not act on a petition for the contract renewal of 57 employees in the vice-governor's office.  

The suspension order has been transmitted to the Department of the Interior and Local Government for implementation.    

Carandang reiterated that the case against Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino over his alleged involvement in jueteng is not meant to ease out local leaders not allied with the administration.