CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale denied that the Liberal Party (LP), to which they belong, initiated the booing of Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Cebu Sports Center last Sunday.
“It was a spontaneous reaction of the audience, they did not want the speeches, presence lang,” said Magpale.
Binay is the standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) against LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas.
Magpale said that Binay arrived at the grandstand right after the communion.
“Wa pa man gud mahuman ang misa, ningsuod siya unya murag na og na-distracted ang mga tawo, kadtong nag-selfie-selfie bitaw sila (The mass had not ended yet and the people were distracted by Binay’s group taking selfies),” Magpale said.
Magpale said it is improper for anybody to go up on stage while the priest is still celebrating mass.
Even Davide feels that they cannot blame the audience.
“Kabubut-on to sa mga tawo oy. Wa tingali sila mouyon sa ilang gibuhat didto (The people didn’t like what Binay and his group did there),” said Davide.
He said the audience did not want religious activities to be used for politicking.
He said he was outside the grandstand when the audience booed Binay and didn’t know what happened until he was told about it.
“Porbida, kamabaw gyod anang ilang mga pasangil, very reckless, very irresponsible. Kinsa may gasulti ana oy, ilang spokesman (What a shallow accusation. Who said that, their spokesperson)?” Davide said, reacting to the statement of Joey Salgado, head of the Office of the Vice President (OVP).
The governor said they respect the occasion.
When the audience jeered Binay, Magpale said she was embarrassed.
“Nagduko ko, nauwaw kaayo ko ba nga it happened in Cebu but then I am not blaming the people,” she said.