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Rep. Garcia says she aims to bring back ‘professionalism’ as she returns as Cebu governor

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CEBU 3RD District Representative Gwendolyn F. Garcia is returning as provincial governor, a post she held for three terms from 2004-2013. Ms. Garcia beat incumbent Vice-Governor Agnes A. Magpale by more than 280,000 votes. Ms. Garcia has yet to be proclaimed as of Wednesday morning with 99.77% of election returns transmitted, but Ms. Magpale has already conceded. Cebu has more than 1.5 million voters. “We are going back into instilling pride in ourselves as Cebuanos and as government employees they will have to be examples of professionalism. That was what we had before,” the incoming governor said. Meanwhile, Ms. Magpale’s running mate, incumbent Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, won as vice-governor. He defeated Ms. Garcia’s party-mate Daphne Salimbangon. — The Freeman