Comfort not a concern in joining majority bloc: Gwen

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Comfort is the least of concerns of Cebu Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia when she decided to join the administration bloc in the House of Representatives, it was learned Monday.

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Garcia, the former Cebu governor who was suspended for six months prior to the May elections because of a usurpation case, expressed her sentiments at the sidelines of the executive course for the new members of the House of Representatives.

“I have already made a declaration as regards to joining the majority [bloc]and when I speak of majority [bloc], this is with regards to the Speakership [race]in the House. I will be supporting Speaker (Feliciano) Belmonte. I don’t think it would be good to deliver an opinion on whether or not I would be comfortable,” Garcia told reporters.

Belmonte, who is the vice chairman of the ruling Liberal Party, was a former member of the Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats, the ruling party during the Arroyo administration.

Garcia used to be a member of the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino which is the political party founded by former President Gloria Arroyo.

Garcia has said that her party, the United Nationalist Alliance, is not an obstructionist opposition.

“This is beyond my suspension. I am not here to obstruct.  I am here to see what is good for the country, what is good for my constituents and the province of Cebu. I’m not here to dwell on feelings,” Garcia said.

Garcia was suspended by the Office of the President who found her guilty of grave abuse of authority in connection with the usurpation case filed by the late Cebu Vice Governor Gregorio Sanchez Jr. in 2010.

Aside from the usurpation case, Garcia also has a pending graft and malversation of public funds cases before the Sandiganbayan stemming from the purchase of the Balili property in 2008.

Under Garcia’s tenure, the Cebu provincial government purchased Balili in Naga City for P98.9-million, but such area is a sea.

LLANESCA T. PANTI

 

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