UST vice presidential debate: The Rappler coverage
UST vice presidential debate: The Rappler coverage
On April 10, Rappler live streams the only Comelec-organized vice presidential debate held at the University of Santo Tomas. Tune in for breaking news, quick fact checks, expert commentaries, polls, and instant videos.

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler on Sunday, April 10, will provide the public an extensive, blow-by-blow coverage of the only vice presidential debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

To be held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, the event gathers all 6 candidates for vice president who will field questions from Comelec media partners CNN Philippines and BusinessMirror, as well as pre-selected members of the audience. (READ: IN PHOTOS: UST hosts VP debate)

Organizers earlier said they expect the candidates to go head-to-head during the two-and-a-half-hour debate.

Voters and netizens can catch a live stream of the debate on Rappler via their computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Rappler’s teams at UST and the newsroom will provide breaking news, quick fact checks, expert commentary, and instant videos.

Readers and followers can join the discussion wherever you are through our online polls and social media executions.

Starting at 4 pm on Sunday, Rappler rolls out its live blog and video analysis with useful and relevant information about the candidates and the issues that will be tackled in the debate: corruption, poverty, political dynasties, human rights, traffic and other urban issues, Internet connectivity and foreign policy, and the issue of the VP as a “spare tire.”

Our reporters at UST will bring you the candidates, their supporters, viewers, people on the streets, and organizers as they prepare for the debate.

As soon as the debate starts, the live blog will pull in real-time updates from our reporters, alongside commentaries, context, and analyses by our editors and partner organizations. Instant fact checks of the candidates’ statements and claims will be provided by researchers, reporters, and editors.

STAGE IS SET. The 405-year-old UST will host the vice presidential debate on April 10. LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

On Rappler’s Facebook page, Maria Ressa will speak with UP political communications expert Clarissa David, Ateneo Development Studies Program director & sociologist Jayeel Serrano Cornelio, Rappler editor at large Marites Dañguilan Vitug, and our election reporters to analyze the candidates’ answers and give context to the discussions.

Readers and followers can make their sentiments known at every point in the debate in several ways:

  • Clicking on the Mood Meter for every highlight, fact check, and analysis that pops in the live blog
  • Posting comments via Twitter and Facebook using hashtag #PHvote
  • Voting in the online poll on Rappler’s site and on Facebook

After the debate, Rappler will assess the candidates’ performance via:

  • Rappler Editors’ Pick
  • Results of Rappler polls

Rappler will provide you with a same-night wrap of the highlights of the UST vice presidential debate.

Beyond Sunday, stay with Rappler #PHvote: watch, comment, vote, and share to understand the issues and help shape the vote on May 9, 2016. –

Read how each vice presidential candidate prepared for the debate:

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