MANILA - House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia on Wednesday criticized Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III's inclusion in the Duterte administration's honor roll for local officials who performed well in the campaign against illegal drugs in their provinces.
In a privilege speech at the Lower House, Garcia, a former governor of Cebu, said, "The irony of ironies is we now find Governor Davide in the DILG's 'honor list' of 10 governors to be cited for stemming the illegal drug trade in their respective provinces. As his misspelled name says on the list, it's a 'hilarious' turn of events. But for many, his misspelled name is not the only mistake on that list. Suffice it to say, the horror stories have culminated in a comedy of errors, and people are painfully laughing at the bad joke."
Davide's name was misspelled on the list of the DILG, with "Hilarious" written instead of Hilario.
Garcia said Davide does not deserve to be on the list. "A number of the governors on the list are my friends, and they deserve to be there. What they do not deserve though is to be listed alongside someone so undeserving, so unworthy, so wanting in credibility, that his inclusion renders the entire list suspect."
She said it was under Davide's watch when the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center started to deteriorate.
She said "Cebuanos and the Filipino people deserve an explanation."
Garcia also discussed other issues, including the alleged lax security over jail inmates.
"Furthermore, in a span of 5 or so weeks, more than 10 inmates have died, most of them succumbing to cardiac arrest due to pneumonia. Health experts attribute the deaths to overcrowding in the provincial jail," she said.