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Celebrities on second presidential debate in Cebu

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Celebrities on second presidential debate in Cebu
Celebrities who tuned into the Cebu presidential debates comment about the long delay, the heated exchanges among the candidates, and more

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Local celebrities took to social media to express their thoughts on the second presidential debate held at the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu on Sunday, March 20. 

While four of the presidential candidates sounded off on pressing topics: disaster response, climate change, fighting corruption, and more, influential stars who tuned in weighed in on the debate, which started late but became heated. (READ: Celebrities on first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro

Anne Curtis had described the debate as “intense,” in reference to ABS-CBN journalist Karen Davila’s tweet about Grace Poe who said during the debates, “Pero diba ito ang format na gusto niyo? (Isn’t this the format you wanted?”



Toni Gonzaga said on Instagram that she found the ongoing debate very interesting.


Able to catch the presidential debate.. Interesting…

A photo posted by Toni Gonzaga-Soriano (@celestinegonzaga) on


GMA 7 star Aljur Abrenica commented that the debate had revealed the candidates’ personalities. 


Actress Dawn Zulueta observed that the debate was becoming “heated.”


GMA 7 actress Carla Abellana, who is a supporter of presidential candidate Mar Roxas posted on Instagram: “The tension is SO HIGH and I am loving every bit of it. Learning so much.” (READ: KathNiel, Ramon Bautista, James Yap lead celebrity Roxas endorsers)


The tension is SO HIGH and i am loving every bit of it. Learning so much.

A photo posted by Carla Abellana (@carlaangeline) on


Singer Mark Bautista compared the ongoing debate to a boxing match, and added that the job of TV 5’s Luchi Cruz Valdez, the moderator, is not easy.



Former beauty queen Kevin Balot compared the debate to a comedy riot.


Ramon Bautista, a supporter of Mar Roxas, even compared the debate to an old TV 5 show, Face to Face.


He also teased Jun Sabayton about being the cause of delay.


Erwan Heussaff said that he remained unconvinced about who to vote as the debates were ongoing.


That Thing Called Tadhana and On the Wings of Love director Antoinette Jadaone expressed her discontent with Binay’s statements.



TV host Luis Manzano said that he thought Grace Poe and Rodrigo Duterte were doing well when asked by a Twitter user.



He also provided some comic relief with this funny meme:



Etooooooooo na talaga!!!!! Eto nangyayari sa debates!!!! Laban na!!!

A photo posted by Luis Manzano (@luckymanzano) on




Some of them also expressed their thoughts on the candidates’ stances on certain issues and raised up topics to tackle.

TV host Daphne Oseña-Paez reacted to the “Taas Kamay” segment of the debate where the 4 candidates in attendance were asked about their stances on specific issues – particularly on divorce. (READ: Cebu presidential debate: All candidates against divorce)


As things became heated, Bianca Gonzalez agreed with a tweet from writer G3 San Diego that called the debate a “Binay Roast.” (READ: Roxas, Duterte, Poe ‘gang up’ on Binay in debate)


She also brought up the lack of dialogue about education:


She also proposed that airport congestion should be a problem that the next president should address. 



She also acknowledged TV5 for providing sign language interpretation. (READ: Netizens praise sign language interpreters in Cebu presidential debate)


Erwan Heussaff also made a side comment about the interpreters.


Some personalities questioned why there was a long delay in the start of the debate. (READ: #PiliPinasDeLate? Delayed Cebu debate stirs confusion on social media)

Bianca Gonzalez tweeted, “I will stand for a government that’ll be an example of the importance of being on time.”


YouTube personality Sebastian Castro said that he hopes “their delay to pass legislation won’t be as long as their delay to debate.”


Jim Paredes bemoaned the delay, anticipating it to “start at Filipino time.”


It was reported that the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay insisted on bringing notes to the stage. A disagreement about whether this was allowed or not was said to cause the delay.

Jim also weighed in on this:



Singer Leah Navarro, a supporter of the Liberal Party, tweeted, “Boo to note bringers!”


Sebastian Castro argued, “Binay is to blame for forcing a request, but so is Mar for forcing the denial of that request above everything else.”


Former beauty queen Ana Maris Igpit tweeted, “If you can’t follow simple debate rules, then why should you become our President?”


She also said that she feels bad for the hosts/presenters who “were asked to ‘stretch’ to cover the delay.”


TV host Sam Oh commended broadcast journalist Cheryl Cosim for handling criticism about the delay well.



They also shared their reactions about the behind the scenes after the debate. 

Kim Chiu said, “#PiliPinasDebates2016 malalaman natin kung sino ang karapat dapat dito sa behind the [scenes]! Interesting BTS video! We must [adapt] to change.”



Anne meanwhile posted: “Watching the off-cam moments before the heated debate.  #PiliPinasDebates2016”


Jake Ejercito, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s son, quipped, “Bentahind the scenes #PiliPinasDebates2016



This presidential debate in UP Cebu is the second in a series organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), in partnership with TV5 and Philippine Star

A third presidential debate is set to happen on April 24 and a vice presidential debate on April 10. –

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