Gwen Garcia sued at Ombudsman over COVID response

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Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia called as “baseless” and “ridiculous” the complaint filed against her by party-list group Sanlakas before the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas over her alleged failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“They are making a mockery of the justice system by filing this baseless and ridiculous complaint,” said Garcia.

“All in their desperate attempt to gain media mileage, hoping to bolster their dwindling political stock. Pathetic,” she added. (

The 15-page complaint alleged that Garcia violated Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and the Administrative Code of 1987.

The governor downplayed and belittled the pandemic, leading the public to believe that Covid-19 is a simple flu, and advocated the use of the scientifically unproven “tuob” or steam inhalation to treat it, said Sanlakas.

The complainants claimed that Garcia failed to immediately purchase vaccines and conduct aggressive vaccination among her constituents.

They also criticized her move to disregard the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ rules on the conduct of swabbing for returning overseas Filipino workers that resulted in the third wave of the pandemic in the province.