MANILA, Philippines – For netizens, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the first round of the presidential debate 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.
Based on a Rappler poll of 1,238 votes, Duterte got 46.53% or 576 votes, more than twice the number of votes obtained by runner-up Senator Miriam Santiago, who got 280 votes or 22.62% of the total votes.
Senator Grace Poe came in at 3rd place with 210 votes (16.96%), followed by former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II with 155 votes (12.52%).
Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar Binay – who currently leads presidential preference surveys by pollsters – got only 17 votes or 1.37%.
Rappler editors called the debate in favor of Roxas, who went on the offensive and attacked other candidates' based on criticism against them and their competence and track records.
In his opening statement, Duterte again promised that under his presidency, crime and corruption will be wiped out within 3 to 6 months. While he denied his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings, Duterte had earlier said in a Rappler interview, "When I said I'll stop criminality, I’ll stop criminality...If I have to kill you, I’ll kill you. Personally."
Rappler's mood meter showed a spike of Happy votes among netizens, followed by a spike of Angry votes.
Senator Miriam Santiago was second placer among netizens. The senator had tough words when asked about the state of her health and her motivation to run: "Magtatanong ka, bakit may sakit ka? Bakit ka tumatakbo? Karapatan ko 'yan." (You ask, why are you sick? Why are you running? It's my right.) – Rappler.com
Editors' picks per round