The Spiciest Moments From Broadcasters During Election-Day Coverage

These power moments were absolute moods.

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ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) May 9 has come and gone—and the repercussions of this day will be felt for a very, very, long time. Voting day did not pass by smoothly, to say the least. You probably went out and lived it, but a peek at news coverage from the day the Filipino people voted for the 17th President of the Philippines shows just how much it got. You saw it: broken VCMs, shootings at precincts, the unnofficial tally late into the night—and at the helm of all this information stood our news channels. Their marathon coverage of what was going on in real-time had the public on their toes, and as things got messier, well, it made for some truly historical broadcast moments.

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Several veteran journalists became trending topics online during their reportage. And for good reason. They reflected the people's feelings on ground—in young-people speak, they were big moods. Just, absolute freakin' moods. We're sure you saw bits and pieces from Karen Davila, Mel Tiangco, Vicky Morales, and more as they asked all the right questions and made very valid points. While we'd rather not live through that day (unchanged) again, we wouldn't mind seeing these queens and their power moments once more—and Twitter definitely agrees.

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Why were Mel Tiangco, Karen Davila, Vicky Morales and more trending on Twitter on May 9?

Mel Tiangco

Mel Tiangco was fiery all throughout—especially when it came to the COMELEC's response to all the problems at precincts. "There has got to be a very good reason," she said at one point, pertaining to COMELEC and why several VCMs weren't working.

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One very noteworthy moment—i.e. very well noted by folks online—was at the end of the GMA coverage. While broadcasters typically end with the Serbisyong Totoo slogan—"Walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan, walang kasinungalingan, serbisyong totoo lamang"—a certain phrase was somehow not said.

Jessica Soho began their closing spiel with "Patuloy po ninyong maaasahan ang GMA News and Public Affairs sa paghahatid ng serbisyong totoo na walang kinikilingan," continued by Tiangco with "at walang pinoprotektahan," and before Mike Enriquez could say that last bit, she continued with "Ako po si Mel Tiangco."

Enriquez could be heard starting to say "at" before realizing he had cut off Tiangco, saying "Sorry, Mel." Unfaltering, he added his own spice to the moment by leaving us instead with "Kayong mga nanalo, tandaan ninyo, magbabantay kami. Ako po si Mike Enriquez.”

Jessica Soho

"The politics that we have seems to perpetuate poverty." This was the point Soho had to make while interviewing Professor Rowena Daroy-Morales from the UP College of Law. Soho first contextualized her question by saying "Kung titignan mo rin naman 'yong politika natin sa ating bansa hindi naman po nagbabago, marami pa ring mahirap." 

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Vicky Morales

Meanwhile, Vicky Morales interviewed Professor Ranjit Rye of the UP Political Science Department and had an observation to make. "Basically this election has rewritten the way elections are won in this country," she starts off. 

Karen Davila

In an interview with COMELEC Commissioner George Garcia on TV Patrol, Davila straight-up asked the question on everyone's minds: "Ano ba ang kakailanganin para ang COMELEC en banc ay mag-desisyon na i-extend; dalawang oras lang naman po ang hinihingi." This truly spicy moment must have hit hard with folks online as Davila was the queen of the trends that night—and with the way she followed up her question, we can see why.

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"Mind you, commissioner, hindi kasalanan ng pandemya kung bakit ganito ang pila," Davila reiterated, adding that it was the faulty VCM machines at precincts holding up the lines. "Paano naging kasalanan ng tao 'yon, at paano naging kasalanan ng pandemya 'yon?" she said, before adding another "What will it take?"

Davila even followed through with more tweets via her personal account. The newscaster was adamant that COMELEC hold themselves accountable. 

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