Pia Wurtzbach shares views on first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro

Pia Wurtzbach shares views on first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro

Alecs Ongcal

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach tunes into the first presidential debates for the 2016 elections all the way from New York City.

MANILA, Philippines – Even all the way from New York City and so early in the morning, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach rose up to tune into the first presidential debate for the 2016 elections and shared her thoughts on the event, though she refrained from endorsing any candidate. 

“I’m so glad I woke up for this,” she tweeted via her personal account, as the debate was in Round 2, which tackled issues related to poverty and development, when she woke up.

She said an event like this was important to help others gain a better understanding of the candidates and issues in time for elections, and in jest, even drew parallels with her experience in pageants: “Parang Q&A lang may time limit pa.” (It’s like the Q&A, there’s even a time limit.) 




She asked netizens over Twitter to join in the discussions, while remaining impartial. Acknowledging her position of influence, she wrote that she will not declare her choice of candidate: “I am not leaning towards any candidate so as not to influence anybody.”



She was also pleased, personally observing that more women and youths were engaging in online discussions.


Wurtzbach also explicitly declared her stance on death penalty, saying that “Criminals aren’t afraid of death, they’re afraid of getting caught.”


There were lighter moments, too. For instance, when host Mike Enriquez commented that the fishbowl of questions was “confidently masikip (tight),” Pia tweeted this:


She even traded quips with TV host Luis Manzano, who injected some comic relief into the tweets about otherwise serious discussions. Nonetheless, he also personally encouraged fruitful debates among citizens, separately tweeting, “So far, based on the debates, who has your vote? Poe, Roxas, Duterte, Santiago or Binay? (Please include why).” (READ: Celebrities on first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro)




The reigning Miss Universe also had her share of detractors.


In a tweet directed at her – now deleted – she was questioned why she cared, considering that she’s not in the country. She replied that the detractor should consider asking the same to all the Filipinos around the globe who couldn’t be at home.


Wurtzbach expressed her view on the value of the debate, saying that “it gets people thinking.”



Two more presidential debates in Luzon and Visayas are scheduled on March 20 and April 24.

How did you feel about the presidential debate? Tell us in the comments below. 

– Rappler.com

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