Gwendolyn Garcia - updates

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Garcia’s first order as governor: Stop Cebu Capitol center project

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:55 PM

The building project, which conservationists oppose, is funded by a P1.3-billion loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines during Hilario Davide III's term

PRIORITIES. Newly-installed Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia orders a stop to the pet project of her predecessor and now Vice Governor Hilario Davide III. Photo from Garcia's Facebook

Davide 'insulted' by Garcia’s warning vs midnight appointments

May 21, 2019 - 10:17 AM

'I don't find it necessary,' outgoing Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III says of the reminder of his successor, Gwendolyn Garcia

CEBU LEADER. Outgoing Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III will take on a new role as vice governor after noontime of June 30, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of the Cebu Provincial Government.

Gwendolyn Garcia returns as Cebu's governor

May 14, 2019 - 5:57 AM

With a huge win, Gwendolyn Garcia comes back as the governor of Cebu

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Gwendolyn “Gwen” Garcia slams ‘illegal’ suspension during her proclamation speech as Cebu governor on Thursday morning, May 16. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon /Rappler

SC upholds hold departure orders vs Gwen Garcia

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The High Court says the Sandiganbayan did not commit grave abuse of discretion when it barred the Cebu congresswoman from leaving the country

HDOs UPHELD. The SC affirms the hold departure orders issued against Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from Garcia's office

Tensions flare as lawmakers rush to approve barangay poll postponement

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

'Ang kapal ng mukha 'nyo para sabihin na hindi self-serving ang proposal,' a lawmaker tells a panelist supporting the bid to postpone the barangay polls again

TENSION IN THE HOUSE. Opposition lawmaker Antonio Tinio slams Liga ng Barangay president Edmund Abesamis as 'thick faced' in a House hearing on March 12, 2018, about proposals to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for the 3rd time. Screenshot from Rappler video

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

One Cebu members, Liberal Party mayors transfer to Duterte's PDP-Laban

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Deputy Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, founder and president emeritus of One Cebu party, will lead members in the mass oath taking with PDP-Laban Friday, November 17

JUMPING SHIP. Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia leads their political clan from One Cebu Party to PDP-Laban.

Congresswoman files resolution over Tabal's exclusion from SEA Games

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:42 PM

Gwendolyn Garcia files a resolution ordering an investigation into why the Philippines’ first female Olympic marathoner has been dropped from the SEA Games roster

LONG RUN. A Cebu congresswoman wants to inquire whether there are adequate laws available to athletes to appeal 'unreasonable, arbitrary and discriminatory decisions' by national sports associations after Mary Joy Tabal has been left off the SEA Games team. File photo

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

'No conflict' between corporal punishment ban, lowering criminal liability age – lawmakers

Feb 27, 2017 - 2:35 PM

While a House panel approved a measure prohibiting the corporal punishment of children another committee is expected to pass a measure lowering the criminal responsibility age for youth offenders

'NO CONFLICT.' Representatives Reynaldo Umali, Gwendolyn Garcia, and Estrellita Suansing hold a press conference on February 27. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

All illustrations by Janina Malinis/Rappler

House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

House committee drops use of 'extrajudicial killings' in probes, reports

Sep 18, 2016 - 5:57 PM

The House committee on public order and safety has approved a motion to use deaths under investigation – instead of extrajudicial killings – in future hearings investigations and reports

Newly formed group Stop The Killings Network held a metro wide, simultaneous candle lighting dubbed as #lightforlife. Rob Reyes

House leaders urge De Lima to attend probe into Bilibid drug use

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles says they are also planning to invite Senator Leila De Lima s former bodyguard and driver who allegedly has links to drugs

DRUGS PROBE. The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, lead by Senator Leila de Lima, conducts a public hearing on extrajudicial killings on August 22. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Binay camp: Ombudsman is LP ‘propaganda machine’

Apr 06, 2016 - 5:34 PM

UNA spokesperson Mon Ilagan says Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is out to derail the candidacies of Vice President Jejomar Binay and his allies

AGAINST OPPOSITION BETS? UNA claims that Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is trying to derail the candidacies of its candidates.

Can Mar Roxas win Cebu anew?

Mar 03, 2016 - 7:16 AM

The Liberal Party tandem brings the campaign to vote rich Cebu where standard bearer Manuel Roxas II dominated during the 2010 elections Can he stage a repeat in 2016?

LP DUO. Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas and running mate Leni Robredo campaigning in Capiz province. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

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

Cebu gov blocks reinstatement of Gwen Garcia appointee

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III says he cannot reinstate Marivic Garces as provincial social welfare chief pending a final court ruling on her case

ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPREME COURT.  Cebu Governor Hilario 'Junjun' Davide III will exhaust all legal options in the reinstatement bid of an appointee of his predecessor. Rappler file photo

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

Passport applications via LGUs mulled

Oct 21, 2013 - 7:28 PM

Albay Representative Al Francis Bichara who chairs the House foreign affairs committee says this will especially benefit Filipinos in far flung areas

Be steel, my heart: A 'Steel Bars' review

Jun 13, 2013 - 11:37 AM

Rappler reviews Cesar Apolinario s latest masterpiece starring Dingdong Dantes and Patrick Bergin Photos Courtesy of Portfolio Films

DANCING INMATES. Dingdong Dantes and Patrick Bergin are among the dancing inmates of Cebu in Cesar Apolinario's 'Dance of the Steel Bars.' All images from the movie's Facebook page courtesy of Portfolio Films

Gov’t seeks Gwen Garcia’s suspension for graft

Jun 05, 2013 - 6:00 PM

A prosecutor says the suspension of a public official charged in court for graft is mandatory under the law

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

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.

Will PNoy or Gwen prevail in Cebu?

May 09, 2013 - 10:02 PM

Cebu s gubernatorial race is seen as a proxy war between President Aquino and suspended Gov Gwen Garcia Whose candidate will win?

Game of Perks: LP challenges Cebu’s Garcias

May 09, 2013 - 8:41 PM

What does it take to become governor of the country s de facto second capital and most vote rich province?

Can LP end the Garcia dynasty in Cebu?

May 09, 2013 - 9:42 AM

Can the LP muster the alliances strength and perks to end the Garcia dynasty in Cebu?

Cebu's Garcia vs Davide: Continuity or change?

May 07, 2013 - 10:38 AM

In Cebu LP s Junjun Davide is challenging the Garcias 18 year hold on the capitol Will Cebuanos choose change or continuity?

Gwen Garcia to appear in court - lawyer

Mar 22, 2013 - 7:16 AM

Or will she get arrested?

WILL SHOW UP. Suspended Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia promised to appear before the Sandiganbayan on March 22 after the court ordered her arrest on March 21.

Cebu Capitol cable channel back on air

Feb 22, 2013 - 11:43 AM

The Cebu Capitol s controversial TV channel is back but with a new name and program lineup

Aquino on Cebu bet: No holdout at capitol

Feb 19, 2013 - 11:30 PM

The President promotes Liberal Party s Junjun Davide by taking a swipe at suspended Gov Gwendolyn Garcia

UNA eyes Cebu's 2.5-M voters

Feb 11, 2013 - 11:30 PM

Why Cebu? UNA kicks off the campaign period in the country s most vote rich province

Photo courtesy of Mike Acebedo Lopez

Gwen Garcia, 5 others guilty of grave misconduct - Ombudsman

Feb 04, 2013 - 5:47 PM

The findings are in connection with the 2008 purchase by the Cebu government of the Balili Estate

SUSPENDED. File photo of suspended Cebu Gov Gwendolyn Garcia

Ombudsman junks Garcia appeal on graft raps

Feb 03, 2013 - 9:38 AM

It s all systems go for the graft trial of Cebu Gov Gwen Garcia and 7 others

Gwen Garcia locked out of Cebu governor's office

Jan 30, 2013 - 9:57 PM

3rd UPDATE Cebu policemen padlock the office of the suspended governor after she left the provincial capitol to go to nearby Oslob

SEALED SHUT. This is what the door to Gov Gwen Garcia's old office looks like now. All photos courtesy of Danilo Castro Jr., News 5 Cebu

Garcia leaves Cebu Capitol to dance in Sinulog

Jan 20, 2013 - 6:16 PM

This is the first time Garcia has left the Capitol after she was served her suspension

Photo courtesy of Carissa G. Aznar-Beane and Paulo Garcia

Binay attends Sinulog, visits Gov Garcia

Jan 20, 2013 - 5:02 PM

Binay is in Cebu Sunday January 20 to attend the annual Sinulog Festival He also visited of UNA allies in the province including suspended Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

PNoy on UNA ads: They have more to prove

Jan 16, 2013 - 3:00 PM

President Aquino takes a swipe at the opposition alliance as he campaigns for his senatorial bets in Cebu

Justice: Garcia TRO can cause 'irreparable damage' on govt

Jan 10, 2013 - 6:44 PM

Court of Appeals justices give an indication that they are not too keen on granting suspended Cebu Gov Gwendolyn Garcia a TRO

Cebu Gov Gwendolyn Garcia. Photo from

Cebu's Sugbo TV files complaint vs acting governor

Jan 03, 2013 - 11:11 AM

Sugbo TV is said to be a pet project of suspended Cebu Gov Gwendolyn Garcia

Cebu's Garcia warns police against tailing son

Jan 02, 2013 - 8:55 PM

Suspended Cebu Gov Gwen Garcia says she will hold police responsible should anything happen to her son

Palace: We'll deal with Cebu's Garcia after holidays

Dec 29, 2012 - 10:41 PM

Will Suspended Cebu Gov Gwen Garcia be evicted before the end of the year?

Belmonte: Garcia suspension a 'simple admin case'

Dec 27, 2012 - 4:08 PM

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr insists that the ruling party is not harassing Garcia

Rappler Newscast | December 24, 2012

Dec 24, 2012 - 8:59 PM

UNA leaders Vice President Binay former President Estrada and Senate President Enrile troop to Cebu to support suspended Governor Gwen Garcia | A SWS survey says 6 in every 10 Filipinos expect a happy Christmas | Officials say survivors of typhoon Pablo in evacuation centers will skip Christmas as they struggle to find food and water and bury their dead

LP bet Davide joins 'Cebu standoff' debate

Dec 24, 2012 - 1:30 AM

Cebu s gubernatorial candidate Hilario Davide III joins the word war over the political standoff in the province