MANILA, Philippines -- The Liberal Party on Friday urged the United Nationalist Alliance to be cautious in issuing statements that politics is the main reason behind the six-month suspension order issued by Malacañang against Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.
In an earlier statement, UNA said the suspension was a "power grab" by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and the LP. It said the suspension was meant to ease out local leaders not allied with the administration.
Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, the running mate of the LP gubernatorial bet, is expected to take over Garcia's seat.
Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya warned UNA of a possible backlash over their allegations that President Aquino is copying the tactics of his predecessor, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
"Baka po bumalik sa inyo 'yang Arroyo style ng oppression, kasi you must remember that may mga Arroyo allies under your ticket," Abaya, who is also the executive vice president of LP, told reporters.
Abaya also reiterated that the suspension of Garcia had nothing to do with politics.
The order stemmed from a case filed against her by the late Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez Jr. for allegedly withholding budget for his office.
"Kung kinunsidera po ng gobyerno ang pulitika dito, eh 'di sana 'di na na-implement ang suspension," he said.
Garcia, meanwhile, said she has already filed a petition for temporary restraining order before the Court of Appeals. -- Report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News