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Capitol: Davide, Magpale did not back out of peace covenant signing

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The Cebu Provincial Capitol has debunked claims that its two top executives pulled out of the provincial level peace covenant signing in Naga City last February 19.

In The Freeman report, provincial information officer Ainjeliz de la Torre-Orong said Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale failed to attend the event due to prior commitments.

Davide and Magpale, who are running for vice governor and governor, respectively, did not withdraw from the Tuesday event at the last minute, clarified Orong.

“Knowing already that they had prior commitments for that whole week, it is not true that the governor and vice governor initially confirmed to go and backed out in the last minute, as mentioned in some news reports,” she said.

Orong explained that the two officials could not cancel the scheduled events because they were also “equally important.”

During the covenant signing, Davide and Magpale were in the towns of Alegria, Malabuyoc and Santander to attend the groundbreaking ceremonies of various projects and to distribute cash incentives to the barangays.