Gwen, Pablo John file COCs for gover­nor, con­gress­man

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Ros­alie O. Abatayo COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Third dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia has for­mal­ized her in­tent to re-claim the high­est po­si­tion in the province as she filed her cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy (COC) in time with her birth­day yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

Shortly be­fore 2 p.m., Gar­cia ar­rived at the Of­fice of the Provin­cial Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sor at the Capi­tol Com­pound with her brother, Pablo John, who also filed his COC as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Cebu’s 3rd dis­trict.

Their 93-year-old father, for­mer Cebu Gover­nor Pablo “Pabling” Gar­cia, also ac­com­pa­nied the younger Gar­cias to show sup­port.

“I can run, and I do not run just for the sake of it, I run to win,” said Con­gress­woman Gar­cia.

Cong. Gar­cia made the re­mark af­ter spec­u­la­tions that she was not al­lowed to run af­ter the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man re­cently up­held her dis­missal from pub­lic ser­vice and her per­pet­ual dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from run­ning for pub­lic of­fice stemmed from the unau­tho­rized P24.47 mil­lion pro­ject to back­fill a largely un­der­wa­ter Balili prop­erty in Barangay Ti­naan, Naga City, that was bought when she was the gover­nor of Cebu.

Gar­cia is the gu­ber­na­to­rial race stan­dard bearer of the ad­min­is­tra­tion party, Par­tido Demokratiko-Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-La­ban) and her lo­cal party, One Cebu.

How­ever, Gar­cia has yet to an­nounce her run­ning mate. She said she will make the an­nounce­ment in due time.

If she will re­gain the high­est seat in Capi­tol, Gar­cia said she would fo­cus on in­fras­truc­ture projects and in pro­mot­ing Cebu’s cul­ture and tourism.

She slammed at the ad­min­is­tra­tion of in­cum­bent Gov. Hi­lario Davide III, which she cited as her pri­mary rea­son for want­ing to re­turn as gover­nor. “Well I have seen the province of Cebu has steadily de­clined from its num­ber one spot when I left it in 2013.”

She also com­pared the province to the Cebu In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (CICC), the P800-mil­lion pro­ject of the province that has now be­come the tem­po­rary shel­ter of fire vic­tims in Barangay Tipolo, Man­daue City. The provin­cial gov­ern­ment has sold the es­tab­lish­ment to the M and au e City gov­ern­ment for P300 mil­lion.

CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MEN­DOZA

Con­gress­woman Gar­cia and her younger brother Pablo John show their cer­tifi­cates of can­di­dacy af­ter fil­ing them at the Provin­cial Com­elec Of­fice.

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