PH stars comment on the UST vice presidential debate
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The vice-presidential debate took place at the University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, April 10, and many celebrities and personalities shared their thoughts about it on social media.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Chiz Escudero, Senator Gringo Honasan, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, and Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, individuals seeking the second highest office in the land, sounded off on crucial issues, including corruption, poverty, political dynasties, human rights, traffic and other urban issues, Internet connectivity and foreign policy – plus the concern that the VP is just a "spare tire."
Celebrities who tuned in used their position of influence to voice out their thoughts to encourage the public to tune in, as the candidates debated on matters of public policy.
TV host Bianca Gonzalez reminded her followers to watch the debate, and retweeted environmental advocate Anna Oposa, who said, "People need to stop saying it doesn't matter who the VP is kasi "walang ginagawa." There's something wrong kung walang ginagawa yung VP."
(People need to stop saying that it doesn't matter who the VP is because he 'doesn't do anything.' There's something wrong if the VP isn't doing anything.)
Don't forget, the only Vice Presidential Debate for the PiliPinas series later at 5PM on CNN Philippines.— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 10, 2016
People need to stop saying it doesn't matter who the VP is kasi "walang ginagawa." There's something wrong kung walang ginagawa yung VP.— Anna Oposa (@annaoposa) April 10, 2016
Bianca also commented on that she feels awkward for Binay and Marcos when they were asked about corruption, praised the hosts, and spoke about the candidates' opinions on the country's transportation problems.
Ako yung naa-awkward para kay VP Binay at Sen. Marcos kapag sila ang tinatanong paano nila lalabanan ang korupsyon.— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 10, 2016
ANG DAMING QUOTABLE QUOTE NG VP DEBATE NA TO PLS— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 10, 2016
At the end of the debate, Bianca said that it was Robredo and Cayetano who caught her attention.
Nagshine si Cong. Leni at Sen. Alan sa debate na to.— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 10, 2016
Ramon Bautista, who tuned into Manny Pacquiao's fight earlier in the day, compared it to the debate. He supports Liberal Party vice presidential bet Robredo.
Debate ng vp parang maakson din parang laban ni pacman!— Ramon Bautista (@ramonbautista) April 10, 2016
May the best woman win. Leni for VP PH Vote RoRo— Ramon Bautista (@ramonbautista) April 10, 2016
Spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo, who appeared on On the Wings of Love, couldn't help but curse about the intensity of the exchanges – particularly Cayetano's remarks.
TANGINA THIS IS BETTER THAN ALL THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES #PilipinasDebates— Juan Miguel Severo (@TheRainBro) April 10, 2016
ALAN PETER CAYETANO IS ON FIRE #PiliPinasDebate2016— Juan Miguel Severo (@TheRainBro) April 10, 2016
Former Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) housemate Fifth Solomon found it funny when Marcos inadvertently flashed a quick "Yes" when asked if he had ever engaged in corrupt practices.
watching the #PiliPinasDebate2016 hahaha si bongbong nag YES about sa corruption questionhe is still 1 of my bets though— Fifth Pagotan (@FifthSolomon) April 10, 2016
YouTube personality Sebastian Castro compared Marcos to presidential candidate Jejomar Binay.
marcos is the binay of the vp candidates #PiliPinasDebate2016— Sebastian Castro 史太保 (@Seb_Castro) April 10, 2016
Social media star Kimpoy Feliciano commented on several parts of the debate, calling it a "rap battle." He also said, "Grabe po yung sagutan (The exchanges are intense)."
This is intense!! Ang tapang ni Cayetano! Naming names!#PiliPinasDebate2016— Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) April 10, 2016
He also commented about the "Yes or No" portions of the debate: particularly if anyone had ever engaged in corruption practices, or if they favor death penalty for corruption charges.
Death Penalty para sa mga corrupt!! Waah!Pero di ka naman dapat matatakot if di ka nagnanakaw ng pera ng bayan#PiliPinasDebate2016— Kimpoy Feliciano (@kimpoyfeliciano) April 10, 2016
Singer Mark Bautista did not mention the debate explicitly, but questioned whether Marcos is the one who should answer for his father's crimes.
im not pro bongbong but siya ba ang managot sa ginawa ng parents niya? #PiliPinasDebates2016— Mark Bautista (@iammarkbautista) April 10, 2016
Actress Dawn Zulueta tweeted her support for Marcos before heading out of town for a shoot. Dawn also retweeted updates about the debate.
Mobile now, to out-of-town film location.— Dawn Zulueta (@DawnZpost) April 10, 2016
Signal permitting, I hope to hear updates later#BBM4VP
Heart Evangelista, Senator Escudero's wife, called on her followers to show their support on social media by changing their profile pictures.
please support my husbdand today in the vp debates by changingg your profile pic. just follow this link everyone! https://t.co/u4yDuCEUHi— LoveMarie O.Escudero (@heart021485) April 10, 2016
Heart attended the debate at UST herself, in support of her husband.
Actress and singer Leah Navarro, a supporter of Liberal Party candidates Robredo and Mar Roxas, spoke her mind as well. As the debate focused on issues related to Senator Marcos' late father, especially about human rights, she commented on the points that were raised – among other topics discussed in the debate.
Right. You are a Marcos, BBM, son of a dictator. PNoy is an Aquino, son of a hero. The difference is humongous. #PiliPinasDebate2016— Leah Navarro (@leahnavarro) April 10, 2016
Escudero is one to talk. His father was Marcos' Minister of Agriculture. #PiliPinasDebates2016— Leah Navarro (@leahnavarro) April 10, 2016
Please. Honasan, before he plotted with JPE to kill Marcos, was a Martial Law enabler, enforcer. #PiliPinasDebates2016— Leah Navarro (@leahnavarro) April 10, 2016
She also clarified Leni's "No" in the "Yes or No" question regarding same-sex marriages.
Leni's No to same sex marriage is cuz marriage is a Church issue. She's for same sex civil unions. LENI FOR VP #PiliPinasDebates2016— Leah Navarro (@leahnavarro) April 10, 2016
Ellen Adarna posted a photo of her TV screen showing the vice presidential debates. Her caption: "Tonight's entertainment." Ellen has voiced out her support for Cayetano's running mate, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, in the past.
Aiza Seguerra, who also supports Duterte, tuned into the debate, expressing her excitement on Instagram with a photo of the TV screen.
Shaina Magdayao tuned into the debate, captioning her Instagram post with the hashtag "#fightcorruption," and showed her support for Cayetano with another hashtag as well.
Chito Miranda tweeted about watching the vice-presidential debate too. He has previously expressed his support for Davao Mayor Rody Duterte, who is Cayetano's running mate.
Sarap panoorin ng debate ng mga kandidato bilang vice-president!!!— Alfonso Miranda Jr (@chitomirandajr) April 10, 2016
Teka...sa CNN Philippines lang ba meron?
The vice presidential debate held at UST was organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), in partnership with CNN Philippines and Business Mirror.
A third presidential debate is scheduled for April 24. – Rappler.com