Duterte takes Round 2, Roxas is runner-up for netizens

MANILA, Philippines – Once again, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was the top pick of netizens who voted him the winner of the second round of the presidential debate held in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, February 21.

The debate – the first in a series being mounted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its media partners – was organized by GMA-7 and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Duterte got 636 or 58.56% of the total 1,086 votes cast by Rappler readers. 

The tough-talking mayor also topped the Rappler poll for Round 1, where he vowed to eliminate crime and corruption within months if he is elected president.

Former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II, who earlier ranked 4th in the first poll, was runner-up in the 2nd poll. 

In the second round of the debate, Roxas talked about his plans for fishermen: providing access to cheap loans, new technology, and infrastructure.

Senator Miriam Santiago got 146 votes (13.44%), while both Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay only posted double-digit figures: 98 and 21, respectively.

Rappler editors called the 2nd round of the debate – which tackled issues related to poverty and development – in favor of Poe. In her responses, Poe discussed specific solutions to problems that face farmers and other marginalized sectors. – Rappler.com

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