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Garcia promises to decongest overcrowded Cebu jail

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The jail is famous for its viral dancing inmates after posting videos to YouTube in 2007

INSPECTION. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia speaks to a female inmate at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Garcia asks Davide to stop Cebu capitol center works

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:28 PM

The building is being funded by a P1.3-billion loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines

DWARFING THE CAPITOL. This is the artist's rendition of the proposed Cebu Provincial Resource Center, which conservationists say will tower over the historic capitol. Image from the Cebu provincial government website

Gwen Garcia joins Sara Duterte, Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign in Cebu

Mar 22, 2019 - 12:50 PM

The gubernatorial bet, ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman in 2018 for corruption, is counting on the support of Sara Duterte

Cebu campaign, March 22, 2019

Gwen Garcia gets Duterte’s endorsement, vows to fight drugs, corruption in Cebu

Feb 25, 2019 - 8:20 PM

Gwen Garcia, who is running for Cebu governor, faces graft charges, and was ordered dismissed from service by the Ombudsman in February 2018

FAVOR. President Rodrigo (middle), at the PDP-Laban rally in Cebu City on February 24, 2019, endorses the gubernatorial bid of Gwen Garcia (rightmost) because her family helped his presidential campaign at the last minute in 2016. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon/Rappler

Cebu’s Gwen Garcia accuses media of being influenced by rival Magpale

Feb 22, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The news reports by ABS-CBN, GMA, and Rappler don't mention Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, but Garcia attributes them to her rival in the Cebu's gubernatorial race

GRAFT CASES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia faces trial for two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation over an alleged anomalous purchase of a property submerged in water when she was governor of Cebu. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Gwen Garcia loses another round in Sandiganbayan graft case

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The Sandiganbayan Special 2nd Division votes 3-2 to affirm two counts of graft and one count of technical malversation against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia

Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Sandiganbayan affirms graft charges vs Gwen Garcia after impasse

Nov 20, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The anti-graft court had to convene a special division, but the aspiring governor of Cebu still loses by a vote of 3-2

BALILI CHARGES. Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia loses her bid to throw out graft and malversation charges at the Sandiganbayan which stemmed from the controversial Balili property. Photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Gwen Garcia fumes at Civil Aeronautics Board over varying airfares

May 30, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Deputy Speaker Garcia wants the Civil Aeronautics Board to standardize the price of airplane tickets and turn down airlines' request to return the fuel surcharge

FURIOUS. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia berates a Civil Aeronautics Board official on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CA confirms Alvarez, 6 other Duterte allies as colonels in AFP reserve corps

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:41 AM

'These are the best and brightest that the august chamber can offer the Philippines,' says Commission on Appointments vice chair and San Juan Representative Ronaldo Zamora

Deliberation on the ad interim appointments and nominations of Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Senate on March 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Lagman on Garcia order: Congress can't be 'refuge' from Ombudsman sanctions

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker from Albay also questions two provisions in the Ombudsman Act, one of which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court

WHY THE EXEMPTION? Albay Representative Edcel Lagman questions why members of Congress are exempt from an Ombudsman dismissal order. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Gwen Garcia and the Balili property: A tale of two controversies

Feb 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The Balili cases also tell the story of the tangled web that is the local politics of vote-rich Cebu

EMBATTLED. The former governor and current deputy speaker faces yet another controversy over her stint as Cebu governor. File photo courtesy of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia Media Affairs

Is it game over for Gwen Garcia after Ombudsman's dismissal order?

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:19 AM

Her dismissal comes months before she has to file a certificate of candidacy with the Comelec

Garcia rallies House: Stand together vs 'illegal encroachment' of Ombudsman

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The embattled lawmaker says that the Constitution and existing laws not only lack provisions that say the Ombudsman may sanction her, it contains provisions that explicitly make it illegal

EMBATTLED. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia calls on her colleagues in the House to rally against an Ombudsman decision against her. Screenshot from the House livestream

Only Congress can remove its members – Roque

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:58 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque questions the decision of the Ombudsman against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia, saying its release came 'at a time when such actions could be given political color'

Garcia hits Ombudsman: Dismissal 'leverage' for impeachment case

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The former Cebu governor says the Ombudsman's decision goes beyond the Cebu land deal

No dismissal of Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia – Alvarez

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'Wala akong makita sa Constitution, kanina ko pa binabasa, walang provision na nagsasabi na puwedeng gawin yun,' says the House Speaker

NO DISMISSAL. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they won't be implementing a dismissal order against deputy speaker Gwen Garcia (center). File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Garcia questions 'timing' of dismissal: Ombudsman 'singled me out'

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) While the Ombudsman has tasked House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to implement the dismissal order, it's the House plenary that will ultimately decide

SUSPECT TIMING? Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia (center) questions the Ombudsman's decision to dismiss her from service. File photo from the House of Representatives

Ombudsman dismisses Cebu Congresswoman Gwen Garcia

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales sends a copy of the order to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for 'appropriate action'

GOVERNOR'S FAULT? House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screenshot from

I.T. contract mess has serious implications for Sereno – Umali

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Justice committee chairperson Reynaldo Umali says testimonies 'point to the Chief Justice as the source of all these illegalities' related to the hiring of IT consultant Helen Macasaet

Witnesses Atty. Remedios Salazar Fernando Associate Justice, Court of Appeals (right), Atty. Raul Villanueva Deputy Court Administrator, SC (2nd-R), Atty. Regina Adoracion Filomena Ignacio Assistant Court Administrator, SC (2nd-L),and far left Atty. Eden Candelaria Deputy Clerk of Court and Chief, Office of Administrative Services, SC take their oath before testifying at the House of Representatives during hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Did Sereno use Aguirre to limit martial law scope in Mindanao?

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwen Garcia asks the justice secretary if Sereno's request to downplay the danger posed by the Maute trial being held in Cagayan de Oro gave her basis for her vote on martial law coverage in Mindanao

Witness DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre during the continuation of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. DARREN LANGIT

Did Sereno favor court nominees? 5 justices asked to testify

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Representatives Ramon Rocamora and Kaka Bag-ao caution against calling all the justices, saying the House panel is resorting to a fishing expedition

Sereno impeachment: Summary of the Chief Justice's earnings, expenses

Nov 26, 2017 - 7:05 PM

A lawmaker wants Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to present proof of her purchases, such as receipts

SALN ISSUE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's spokesperson says that the chief magistrate has no non-disclosures to speak of as the House of Representatives hears her impeachment case.

[OPINION] Gadon crumbles, will House fall with him?

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:23 PM

The chief complainant has showed his contempt for the House of Representatives and the country by filing a perjurious complaint

Garcia on Sereno impeachment: It's 'democracy in action'

Nov 20, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Ranking House members defend the lower chamber from speculation as it continues to tackle an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

SERENO IMPEACHMENT. Deputy Speakers Garcia and Garin defend the House as it tackles the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

'Reversal of fortunes': Garcia, Roque celebrate Bautista impeachment

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:57 PM

Andres Bautista now holds the distinction of being the first Comelec chairman – and the first official – to be impeached under the Duterte administration

HOUSE VOTES. The House votes to impeach Comelec Chairman Bautista. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Aug 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

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House priorities: Bills on same-sex civil unions, charter change

Jul 17, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Lawmakers are also expected to approve the proposed supplemental budget for the rehabilitation of Marawi City

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia (center) details the House of Representatives' legislative agenda in the next months. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Deputy Speakers Fredenil Castro and Gwen Garcia make the statement ahead of the meeting of administration allied legislators with the President on Monday evening July 17

DUTERTE ALLIES. Representatives Dakila Cua, Gwen Garcia, and Fredenil Castro hold a press conference on July 17. Photo from the House of Representatives

Gwen Garcia wants House probe into viral drug raid at Cebu jail

Mar 08, 2017 - 8:45 PM

House Deputy Speaker Gwen Garcia says the Cebu provincial jail turned from epic jail to epic fail under Governor Hilario Davide III

DAVIDE'S FAULT? Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia condemns the recent jail inspection that required Cebu inmates to strip naked. Screengrab from

Gwen Garcia seeks House probe into Cebu jail drugs

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The congresswoman blames Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III for the entry of drugs and other contraband into the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center

LOOK: The 12 Deputy Speakers of the 17th Congress

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The House leadership appoints 7 more deputy speakers as the 17th Congress prepares for a shift to federalism

5 women lawmakers are new House deputy speakers

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:07 PM

The House of Representatives now has 10 deputy speakers

NEW DEPUTY SPEAKERS. The House of Representatives names 5 new deputy speakers on August 15. Photos of Albano and Garin courtesy of House of Representatives media, photo of Garcia from, photo of Cayetano by Rappler, photo of Arroyo by Rolex dela Peña/EPA

How do you want to elect your Con-Con delegates?

Jul 06, 2016 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED There are 3 proposals filed with the House of Representatives calling for a constitutional convention to pave the way for federalism Each seeks a different number of seats and manner of electing delegates

Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Ombudsman affirms graft charges vs Garcia over 'anomalous' CICC

Jul 05, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says there is no truth to the former Cebu governor s allegation that the charges are politically motivated

GRAFT CHARGES. Roughly a month before election day, reelectionist Cebu Third District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia faces graft charges before the Sandiganbayan.

One Cebu, Duterte's PDP-Laban formalize alliance

Apr 21, 2016 - 7:22 PM

The 2 parties say they share many things in common including a stand against crime corruption and poverty

Photo by Jensen Floren/Rappler

Duterte's ex-wife: It's not true he kills innocent people

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Duterte s ex wife Elizabeth Zimmerman says I stopped my radiation treatment [for the campaign] But I did it to help my family my children

BIRTHDAY. Duterte's ex-wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman (center), spends her birthday campaigning for the Davao mayor in Cebu. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Rodrigo Duterte, Tan vs Deguito, Garcia drops Binay | 12PM wRap

Apr 12, 2016 - 12:43 PM

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Gwen Garcia drops Binay, endorses Duterte

Apr 11, 2016 - 11:35 PM

The former Cebu governor is also taking a leave of absence from the United Nationalist Alliance

SUPPORTING ANOTHER. Photos of Rodrigo Duterte and Jejomar Binay from respective camps; Gwen Garcia image via Rappler file photo.

Ombudsman files graft charges vs Gwen Garcia, Cebu execs

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:11 PM

UPDATED The provincial officials are found to have paid the contractor in full for the construction of the Cebu International Convention Center just a day after the contract was awarded

GRAFT CHARGES. Roughly a month before election day, reelectionist Cebu Third District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia faces graft charges before the Sandiganbayan.

Binay party to launch in Cebu, awaits Honasan

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Binay will lead the oath taking of 700 local candidates from Western Visayas Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas

DOUBLE LAUNCH? Will Vice President Jejomar Binay launch his party in Cebu along with his tandem with Senator Gregorio Honasan II? File OVP photo

Electoral protest vs Cebu's Gwen Garcia junked

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:54 PM

The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal junks the election protest filed against Cebu 3rd District Rep Gwen Garcia by rival Geraldine Yapha

GWENDOLYN GARCIA. Photo from her Facebook page.

CA clears Cebu's Garcia of grave misconduct in land deal

Apr 25, 2014 - 11:27 PM

The Court says Garcia s 2010 reelection absolved her of administrative liability in the purchase of land supposedly under seawater during her 2008 term as Cebu governor

CLEARED. Former Cebu governor and now congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia is cleared of administrative liability over an allegedly anomalous land purchase. File photo by Rappler

Almendras' niece is new energy commissioner

Jul 26, 2013 - 4:10 PM

Josefina Patricia Magpale Asirit of the Energy Regulatory Commission is a niece of Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras

Garbo takes oath as NCRPO chief

Jul 13, 2013 - 12:45 PM

Garbo says he intends to improve the investigative abilities of police officers to allow them to run after criminals

AWAITING ORDERS. Police Chief Superintendent Regional Director Marcelo Garbo Jr says any eviction order against Garcia will have to come from the national government and the DILG.

Gwen Garcia fights Ombudsman on suspension

Jun 19, 2013 - 6:35 PM

The outgoing governor of Cebu says she cannot be suspended a second time She has just served out a 6 month suspension by the DILG

ANOTHER SUSPENSION? File photo of suspended Cebu governor, and incoming 3rd district congresswoman, Gwendolyn Garcia

Cebu and the Gwen Garcia notebooks

May 29, 2013 - 4:33 PM

Cebu acting governor Agnes Magpale asks Interior Secretary Mar Roxas to allow the distribution of notebooks with the photo of suspended governor Gwen Garcia

Cebu Gov Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from

Why no UNA sweep in Erap-Binay provinces

May 22, 2013 - 7:56 PM

Not all areas that delivered for Estrada and Binay in 2010 went for UNA this time The traditional definition and formula for political bailiwicks are changing

LP’s Davide beats Garcia for Cebu governor

May 17, 2013 - 5:24 PM

LP s Hilario Junjun Davide III is proclaimed governor of Cebu winning a rematch with an old rival and ending the Garcias 18 year hold on the province

NEW GOVERNOR. LP's Hilario "Junjun" Davide III, the son of the former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr, is proclaimed the new governor of Cebu. File photo

After suspension, Gwen Garcia now congresswoman

May 16, 2013 - 4:54 PM

The former governor now represents Cebu s 3rd district

SHE'S BACK. Suspended Gov Gwen Garcia is proclaimed congresswoman of Cebu's 3rd district after a 6-month suspension for grave abuse of authority. Garcia beat her rival LP bet Geraldine Yapha by a slim margin. Photo from Christina Frasco's Twitter account

Leading bet Davide: Cebuanos tired of Garcias

May 14, 2013 - 8:36 PM

LP s Junjun Davide says his lead over Pablo John Garcia shows Cebuanos want change

NEW GOVERNMENT. LP candidate for Cebu governor Hilario “Junjun” Davide III vows to make good on his campaign promise to push for transparency if proclaimed governor.