CBS anchor and U.S. VP debate moderator Elaine Quijano wishes she could speak better Tagalog

She's been dubbed the real winner of the U.S. vice-presidential debate.


( Moderating a debate between candidates running for office is never an easy task. Remember the presidential and vice presidential debates that we had prior to the May 9 elections? That was fun, wasn't it? The U.S. version is not that much different, especially with Republican candidate Donald Trump frequently going off-topic during the presidential debate against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on September 26, and with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virgina often interrupting Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana during the vice presidential debate on October 4.



The real winner in all these is almost always the moderator who patiently reminds the candidates of the topic on the table and has to cut off-tangent remarks short. When Kaine and Pence faced off, at the center of it all was CBS News anchor Elaine Quijano whose bold line was: "Gentlemen, the people at home cannot understand either one of you when you speak over each other. I would please ask you to wait until the other is finished." She's the first ever Asian-American woman and one of the youngest to moderate a national debate.



Forty-two-year-old Quijano did an impressive job and, best of all, she's proudly Pinay! She revealed in an interview with Filipinas Magazine in 2010 that her mother is from Batangas and her father is from Davao City. "I understand Tagalog, I can probably speak a little bit of it, but konti lang. I'm a little bit sad about that because I definitely would have loved to have that ability to just have conversations in Tagalog. Truth be told, I probably could if I was dropped to the Philippines, I probably could," the Illinois-born reporter quipped.



She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism in 1995 and quickly made her way into the world of reporting. She first worked for WCIA-TV in Illinois, then for WFTS-TV in Tampa, and then for CNN Newssource. The 9/11 terrorist attacks and U.S. invasion of Iraq were just some of the beats she covered before being promoted as White House correspondent in 2006. She is now the daytime anchor at CBS News where she's been since 2010.


We wonder how she'll fare on covering President Rodrigo Duterte and his "oblique deflection" remarks that need to be interpreted with "creative imagination."

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