“The authority of the Government emanates from the People.”
We, the People of Cebu, voted you into Office not once, not twice, but three
times. In light of recent politically-motivated events that have not only disturbed
the peace of our beloved Province but have bastardized our democracy, leaving
many Cebuanos perturbed, we are firm in our resolve to stand by you and to
embolden you to defy the illegal suspension order.
Is Cebu now under MARtial Law? SugboTV, the provincial news channel that
informs our fellow Cebuanos in the islands and towns and all over the world that
their Government is working for them, has been forcibly shut down. Ordinary
Cebuanos who wish to visit the Capitol to voice their stand are being illegally
searched and prevented entry, and if allowed entry, are being harassed by
armed Police. The internet at the Capitol has been cut off.
Perhaps the powers that be wish not only to silence the Governor and the
People of Cebu but to keep from the world these flagrant and brazen violations
of our constitutionally-protected rights.
We will never forget this affront on Cebu, not this 2013, not this 2016. Never.
Under your leadership, Governor Gwen, Cebu has become the Number One
Province in the Philippines. We are debt-free. We are insurgency-free. Our
economy is robust. There has been a renaissance of Cebuano culture and
heritage. Our pride as Cebuanos burns bright like never before.
Now, in their Lust for Power, they wish to remove you – our validly elected
Governor – from the very Office to which we installed you. They wish to remove
you not in accordance with our laws, but through means that defy due process.
They wish to remove you not because you were corrupt. Not because you
committed some heinous crime, but only because you implemented the
Provincial Budget approved by the Sanggunian, which is your duty. The very
same Sanggunian of which the Vice Governor who now wishes to unseat you,
was a member.
And how particularly cruel it is that those who Lust for Power have orchestrated
this travesty at Christmas-time. How un-Christian. How un-Cebuano.
Cognizant of the foregoing, may we remind you, our beloved Governor,
that it is incumbent upon you to defend and protect the mandate that we
have given you.
As you stand steadfast for Cebu. We, the Cebuanos, stand with you.
And we say, STAND UP FOR CEBU.