Mayor Rody Duterte Wins PiliPinas Debates 2016, Santiago Runner-up (Full Replay Video)

As we all know, the five presidential candidates in the May 2016 elections attended the PiliPinas Debates 2016 this Sunday, February 21, held at the Capitol University in Cagayan De Oro City. This first presidential debate was brought to us by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Philippine Daily Inquirer, and GMA Network. Watch the full replay video below.

Presented by Mike Enriquez and Jessica Soho, VP Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago had 60 seconds in the Introduction part of the debate. Unexpectedly, Mayor Duterte mentioned Senator Santiago as one of only two people who are qualified to run the country.

But as expected, VP Binay enumerated his so-called achievement while he was the mayor of Makati City, insisting that the allegations of corruptions against him are purely politically motivated. On the other hand, Roxas hits his opponents on their weaknesses and said that he has proven himself to be efficient enough as the next president. Sorry, but these two guys are funny.

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In fairness to Sen Grace Poe, she seemed to have prepared well for this debate. She knows that it’s her only way to show that she knows the issues despite being the new in politics. However, she reminded me of a college student joining a monologue contest, Tagalog version. On the other hand, I miss the healthier Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. Hope she’s really Ok.

For Round 1 – Track Record & Performance, we saw VP Binay and Mar Roxas throwing dirt at each other like noisy neighbors in early morning. I hate looking at the smiles on their faces though, they’re so unreal. Meanwhile, Sen Poe is really good in defending her thin resume and in attracting listeners. But as usual, Santiago and Duterte never fail to make the crowd laugh.

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For Round 2 – Round 2: Poverty & Development, we expected Roxas to know exactly what to say simply because he is the administration candidate. In fact, I know he feels proud that Mayor Duterte asked him if he can copy the strategies if he wins. But again, the tough talking mayor hit it on the nail when mentioned that the real problem is the implementation of those solutions.

For Round 3 – Mindanao issue, all the five presidentiables agree that agriculture in the region should be prioritized. However, Mayor Duterte said that there is a disparity in the projects, suggesting that federalism is the only solution. And although Roxas knows very well how to defend the Aquino government, the straightforward mayor questioned the Daang Matuwid.

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Overall, we are happy that political dynasty, EDCA, and BBL were discussed. However, we believe that these topics need longer time to talk. And yes, we admire Sen Poe for her gracious presentation, and we understand that she has to take down notes. And no, Mike Enriquez is a disaster. Finally, we think Duterte won the entire debate, Santiago is second, and Poe is third.

What do you think?

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Disclaimer: The above post is the sole opinion of the writer, and does not reflect Taho News as an entity. We at TN is not affiliated with any political party, and we are not endorsing any political candidate.


The second leg of the PiliPinas Debates 2016 will be held on March 20, 2016 @5PM at University of San Carlos in Cebu, brought to us by Philippine Star and TV5. There will also be a vice-presidential debate on April 10 @5PM, brought to us by Rappler, Business Mirror, and CNN Philippines. The third presidential debate will be on April 24 @5PM at University of Pangasinan, via Manila Bulletin and ABS-CBN.

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