Rule of law to prevail in Cebu Capitol stand-off – PNP

December 31, 2012 4:36 am 

MANILA, Dec. 30 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday announced that all legal and peaceful means will be exhausted to ensure that law and order will prevail at the Cebu Capitol where suspended Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia is continuously defying a six-month suspension order.

“The role of the PNP here, consistent with our mandate, is to maintain law and order thru maximum tolerance and patience, to ensure that government functions will continue unhampered,” PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., said.

The PNP issued the reaction amidst ongoing efforts to preserve peace and order at the Cebu provincial capitol grounds in Cebu City where the suspended governor has been holed-up in her office since the six-month suspension order from the Office of the President against her wasserved by DILG regional director Ananias Villacorta last Dec. 19.

The reported attack on a police officer has resulted in the filing of assault charges against the suspended governor’s son, Pablo Garcia Codilla, along with two of his friends.

The officer was dismantling tents inside the Cebu Capitol grounds as part of the PNP’s initiatives tomaintain order in the area when attacked.

Cerbo clarified it is part of the duty of the PNP to secure all government property, including the Cebu Capitol, from possible damage due to the influx of people in the compound.

“The PNP is not taking sides on this issue. We will follow and will continue to follow, all lawful orders. Any insinuation of martial law in Cebu only serves to undermine the professional and good image of the organization,” he stressed. (PNA)

CTB/PFN

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