Celebrities on second presidential debate in Cebu
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?"
That was intense. Who else is watching? #PiliPinasDebates2016— Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) March 20, 2016
It got pretty intense for a moment there!!! https://t.co/k7NI2TyhJz— Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) March 20, 2016
Toni Gonzaga said on Instagram that she found the ongoing debate very interesting.
GMA 7 star Aljur Abrenica commented that the debate had revealed the candidates' personalities.
#PiliPinasDebates2016 shows the personality of each presidentiable.— Aljur Abrenica (@iamAJabrenica) March 20, 2016
Actress Dawn Zulueta observed that the debate was becoming "heated."
Quite a heated debate happening right now.— Dawn Zulueta (@DawnZpost) March 20, 2016
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)
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.
i feel like watching a boxing fight #PiliPinasDebates2016— Mark Bautista (@iammarkbautista) March 20, 2016
Ms. Luchi's job is i think the hardest #PiliPinasDebates2016— Mark Bautista (@iammarkbautista) March 20, 2016
Former beauty queen Kevin Balot compared the debate to a comedy riot.
Comedy riot! #PiliPinasDebates2016— KEVIN BALOT (@KEVINBALOT) March 20, 2016
Ramon Bautista, a supporter of Mar Roxas, even compared the debate to an old TV 5 show, Face to Face.
Parang face to face with tyang amy!— Ramon Bautista (@ramonbautista) March 20, 2016
He also teased Jun Sabayton about being the cause of delay.
Bayaw @junsabayton baka ikaw cause of delay dyan ha— Ramon Bautista (@ramonbautista) March 20, 2016
Erwan Heussaff said that he remained unconvinced about who to vote as the debates were ongoing.
I still don't see a president on that stage :( #PiliPinasDebates2016— Erwan Heussaff (@erwanheussaff) March 20, 2016
That Thing Called Tadhana and On the Wings of Love director Antoinette Jadaone expressed her discontent with Binay's statements.
Hay, Binay. Bakit ka ganyan???#PiliPinasDebates2016— Tonette, Tonette (@tonetjadaone) March 20, 2016
TV host Luis Manzano said that he thought Grace Poe and Rodrigo Duterte were doing well when asked by a Twitter user.
Poe/duterte. https://t.co/zjip1rm1K5— Luis Manzano (@luckymanzano) March 20, 2016
Based on this exchange, Poe - 1 , Binay - 0 :) naka isa rin si Duterte kay Binay kanina— Luis Manzano (@luckymanzano) March 20, 2016
He also provided some comic relief with this funny meme:
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)
NO ONE IN FAVOUR OF DIVORCE?! Haha #PiliPinasDebates2016— Daphne Osena Paez (@DaphneOP) March 20, 2016
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:
Did I just miss it, or hindi pa napag-uusapan ang edukasyon?— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) March 20, 2016
She also proposed that airport congestion should be a problem that the next president should address.
So most local flights today have been delayed up to as long as five hours because of Manila air traffic. Next President MUST fix this.— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) March 20, 2016
She also acknowledged TV5 for providing sign language interpretation. (READ: Netizens praise sign language interpreters in Cebu presidential debate)
As a side note, love that TV5 has a sign interpreter on inset.— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) March 20, 2016
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."
let's just hope their delay to pass legislation won't be as long as their delay to debate.#PiliPinasDebates2016— Sebastian Castro 史太保 (@Seb_Castro) March 20, 2016
Jim Paredes bemoaned the delay, anticipating it to "start at Filipino time."
This debate will start at Filipino time...— Jim (@Jimparedes) March 20, 2016
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:
Debate delayed because a candidate was discovered to have brought codigo. handlers are fighting backstage. Wont expose my source.— Jim (@Jimparedes) March 20, 2016
I think Binay has lost this debate without ever saying anything on the podium.— Jim (@Jimparedes) March 20, 2016
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."
binay is to blame for forcing a request, but so is mar for forcing the denial of that request above everything else.#PiliPinasDebates2016— Sebastian Castro 史太保 (@Seb_Castro) March 20, 2016
Former beauty queen Ana Maris Igpit tweeted, "If you can't follow simple debate rules, then why should you become our President?"
If you can't follow simple debate rules, then why should you become our President? #PiliPinasDebates2016— Anna Maris Igpit (@annaigpit) March 20, 2016
She also said that she feels bad for the hosts/presenters who "were asked to 'stretch' to cover the delay."
I feel bad for the hosts/presenters, I'm sure they were asked to "stretch" to cover the delay #PiliPinasDebates2016— Anna Maris Igpit (@annaigpit) March 20, 2016
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."
#PiliPinasDebates2016 malalaman natin kung sino ang karapat dapat dito sa behind the scene! interesting bts video! we must adpot to change.— kim chiu (@prinsesachinita) March 20, 2016
Anne meanwhile posted: “Watching the off-cam moments before the heated debate. #PiliPinasDebates2016”
Watching the off-cam moments before the heated debate. #PiliPinasDebates2016— Anne Curtis-Smith (@annecurtissmith) March 20, 2016
Jake Ejercito, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s son, quipped, "Bentahind the scenes #PiliPinasDebates2016
Bentahind the scenes #PiliPinasDebates2016— Jake Ejercito (@unoemilio) March 20, 2016
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. – Rappler.com