The news of former Governor Gwen Garcia of Cebu abandoning VP Binay in favor of the Cebuano-speaking Duterte has been doing the rounds online recently.
In a news article posted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on April 11, 2016, the Congresswoman of the 3rd District of Cebu has announced her “leave” from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of VP Binay to support the candidacy of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
The brother of the Congresswoman, Winston Garcia welcomed his sister’s decision to support Duterte.
Winston Garcia, brother of Gwen Garcia, the party’s current chairman is challenging the incumbent Governor of Cebu Hilario Davide III of the Liberal Party of President Aquino.
It can be recalled that One Cebu severed ties with UNA of VP Binay on March 21 and decided to back the presidential bid of Mayor Rodrigo April 3, 2016, promising to deliver one million votes in the province.
“I have to be one with the family,” former Governor Gwen Garcia said.
The former Governor and Congresswoman told that PDI that she spoke with Navotas City Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA President, and informed him about her decision last Saturday.
The former Governor said that Toby Tiancgco (UNA President) understood her decision to come out in the open to support Duterte’s candidacy.
Former Governor Gwen Garcia told the Inquirer, “Cebuanos are looking at me. I was governor of Cebu for nine years. I can’t just stay silent. My voice is a voice many seek to hear.”
Tiangco assured Garcia that she was welcome to return to the party anytime.
It can be recalled former Governor Gwen Garcia was one of the founders of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
It has been revealed that Garcia hasn’t spoken with Binay regarding her “leave”, but she said Tiangco assured her he was going to talk to the vice president about it.
What can you say about this development in Cebu politics?