VP debate better than presidential – viewers
MANILA, Philippines – Many viewers of the vice presidential debate held on Sunday, April 10, at the University of Santo Tomas said it was way better than the presidential debates – both in terms of substance and engagement.
Enrico La Viña, Researcher for Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, said overall the "debate format was effective", and it was "the best debate (they have) seen so far."
He explained that the format allowed candidates to "call out one another" making it more engaging, an observation shared by other netizens.
No holds barred buong timeline ko sa VP candidates debate.— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) April 10, 2016
Other netizens echoed the same assessment.
It's a satisfying debate. Actually better than the 2nd Pres Debate. #PHVote— Badz A. Calamba (@SeptrinJohnC) April 10, 2016
The debate covered the following:
- Political dynasties
- Human rights
- Traffic and other urban issues
- Internet connectivity
- Foreign policy
- The issue of the VP as a "spare tire"
However, many viewers were dissatisfied at how some issues were left out.
Developmental studies student Novie Arren Barretto, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) assistant professor Badz Calamba, Save Philippine Seas head Anna Oposa, and development worker Emil Tapnio were disappointed that education, health, climate change, and other issues were not discussed.
It's still frustrating not to hear about climate change and agriculture, education, and the struggles of the indigenous peoples.. #PHVote— Badz A. Calamba (@SeptrinJohnC) April 10, 2016
There was not a lack of time to not discuss education but a lack of priority. #PHVote— Badz A. Calamba (@SeptrinJohnC) April 10, 2016
'Yes or no' a sham
Meanwhile, many viewers said the yes or no questions were a "a sham".
Oposa agreed, saying that it was the weakness of the debate.
Regardless, the vice presidential candidates sounded more presidential than the standard-bearers, Oposa suggested.
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