Yap: Cayetano-Duterte dinner held in Manila, not Davao

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SONA 2019 / JULY 22, 2019 Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano with Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco during the 18th Congress. PHOTO BY JOAN BONDOC

A lawmaker made a clarification about Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte’s weekend meeting that was posted in his social media account. Said dinner took place just in Metro Manila, and not in Davao City.

Rep. Eric Yap, chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations clarified this two days after he posted photos of him on Instagram together with Duterte, Cayetano and wife, Rep. Lani Cayetano and House Secretary General Brian Yamsuan.

The lawmakers were seen posing and smiling after what seemed like a meeting over dinner.

Prior to his clarification, the geotag indicated in the photo was set in Davao City. A geotag is a feature that reveals the precise location of a photo that was taken before it can be posted on the social media platform.

Yap said that “he is not too familiar with social media,” so the posted photos must have set Davao City instead of Metro Manila as his default location.

No other specific details were also shared about the meeting, but Yap noted that they did not delve much into politics — only personal stories and a discussion on the government’s COVID-19 response.

The House of Representatives is set to conduct plenary debates on the ₱4.5-trillion budget for 2021, after the appropriations committee approved it on Friday.

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