Social Media Roundup: PiliPinas Vice Presidential Debate 2016
Reactions to Chiz Escudero's voice, BBM getting booed, and more.
(SPOT.ph) The only vice-presidential debate for this year's elections packed a lot of drama and mudslinging, but it also shed light on issues such as corruption, climate change, same-sex marriage, and political dynasties. Pinoys watched intently and they were not shy about sharing their reactions online.
Many people expressed their anticipation for the debate.
— Sharwin Tee (@chefsharwin) April 10, 2016
— wanggo gallaga (@wanggo_g) April 10, 2016
— Wyn Marquez (@wynmarquez) April 10, 2016
Some were expecting answers to certain questions.
— Lourd de Veyra (@lourddv) April 10, 2016
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano delivered a dramatic opening statement, featuring the victims of the Tanim Bala Scam.
— Matt (@MatteoManalac) April 10, 2016
— Kim Arveen Patria (@kimpatria) April 10, 2016
Some were surprised that Sen. Gringo Honasan actually showed up.
— Guel Karaan (@_singuel) April 10, 2016
Sen. Chiz Escudero seemed calm throughout the debate, but a lot of people found his intonation quite unsettling.
— IG : @Ricochismoso (@ricorobles) April 10, 2016
— Anj (@anjpessumal) April 10, 2016
— Atty. Ivan Capin (@SiAyVan) April 10, 2016
— Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) April 10, 2016
— Shrwin Raro (@SNRaro) April 10, 2016
— Dr.Jose P. Rizal (@tweetnirizal) April 10, 2016
— Niña Sandejas (@RosariOko) April 10, 2016
Sen. Bongbong Marcos was in the hot seat several times during the debate, especially when Martial Law and human rights violations were brought up.
— Professional Heckler (@HecklerForever) April 10, 2016
— Paolo Paraiso (@PaoloParaiso) April 10, 2016
— Thysz (@thysz) April 10, 2016
— Mel Lopez (@melluzzie) April 10, 2016
— alan c. robles (@hotmanila) April 10, 2016
Corruption allegations against Marcos and his family also got some airtime. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Rep. Leni Robredo, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV did not shy away from asking about the Marcos' alleged ill-gotten wealth.
— Cecilia Oreña-Drilon (@cesdrilon) April 10, 2016
— Nille Santos (@nilleyvanilli) April 10, 2016
— Miss Krizzy (@krizzy_kalerqui) April 10, 2016
— maine (@millimetrs) April 10, 2016
— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 10, 2016
When Trillanes brought up corruption allegations involving Vice President Jejomar Binay, the camera showed the current VP's reaction shot.
— Saléna (@salena022) April 10, 2016
Throughout the debate, the audience remained vocal. They were actively booing when they were displeased and protesters were even escorted outside.
— Pat Viray (@patriciaviray) April 10, 2016
— CAPTAAAAAAIN BATCHI! (@BatchiFckngLuna) April 10, 2016
— Joseph Morong (@Joseph_Morong) April 10, 2016
— maine (@millimetrs) April 10, 2016
In the end, it was an enlightening debate.
— Ryan Edward Chua 蔡曼中 (@ryan_chua) April 10, 2016
— Juan Miguel Severo (@TheRainBro) April 10, 2016
— Althea (@theatumbleweed) April 10, 2016
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) April 10, 2016
Of the most interesting things we learned: each candidate's stand on several pressing issues. Everyone agreed that income tax should be reduced and that the country is not doing enough about climate change.
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) April 10, 2016
All of the candidates were against same-sex marriage, though Rep. Leni Robredo clarified that she was supportive of civil unions. They were also unanimous that telcos should be held accountable for unsatisfactory services. When asked if graft and corruption should be punishable by death, everyone was against it except for Cayetano. When asked if they had plans to run for president, all of them answered no except for Trillanes, who chose not to answer the question.
When it came to their closing statements, they reiterated their platforms and promises...but can we talk about Leni Robredo's sassy remark? Girl power!
— Philstar.com (@PhilstarNews) April 10, 2016
A few of the debate's memorable quotes:
Cayetano on Marcos: "'Yan po ang klase ng pamumulitika nya—sasaksakin niya ang kanyang presidente."
Marcos on apologizing for his father's abuses on human rights: "I will apologize for any wrongdoing that I may have done, any mistake that might have caused anyone pain or hardship. But I can only apologize for myself."
Escudero on traffic: "Tanggalin si Sec. Abaya at huwag siyang panatilihin na DOTC secretary."
Escudero on Internet speed: "Kapag mabilis ang Internet speed hindi na kayo magte-text o tatawag, Viber na lang."
Trillanes: "Ang kailangan natin ay isang vice president na buo ang tapang at loob na haharap [sa mga kriminal]."
Honasan: "Kailangang umuwi tayo sa isang bansa, sa isang pamilya na parating ligtas."
Photo from GMA News