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PiliPinas 2016 Debate: Round 1 goes to Mar Roxas

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PiliPinas 2016 Debate: Round 1 goes to Mar Roxas
(UPDATED) Roxas also goes on the offensive, attacking the other candidates – Poe's competence, Binay's alleged corruption, and Duterte's temper

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II won Round 1 of the PiliPinas 2016: The Cagayan de Oro Presidential Debate 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.

Round 1 covered topics ranging from wealth, corruption, experience in government, health, morality, and Super Typhoon Yolanda. (READ: Round 2 goes to Poe; Round 3 goes to Poe)

Rappler editors judged the winner based on the following criteria:

  • Truthfulness (values, consistency)
  • Overall impact (vision, leadership, ability to articulate thoughts)
  • Knowledge/facts on file

The editors adjudged the loser based on the following criteria:

  • Inability to articulate thoughts, express vision and plans
  • Inconsistency, lying, tentativeness, bluffing
  • Lack of vision, leadership

Roxas also went on the offensive, attacking the other candidates – Poe’s competence, Binay’s alleged corruption, and the temper of Duterte. He was concise, straightforward, and did not mince words.

Kung ihahambing natin ang pagpili ng pangulo sa sino ang magmamaneho sa ating mga anak sa araw-araw, kanino natin ipagkakatiwala? Sa taong may kaso, sa taong mainitin ang ulo, sa taong ngayon pa lang natututo magmaneho, o sa taong ni minsan hindi kayo ipinahamak?” he also said in his opening remarks.

(If we prepare choosing the president to who’s driving our children every day, to whom do we entrust this to? To a person with a case, a person quick to lose his temper, a person only now just learning to drive, or a person who has never put you in danger?)

Roxas told Poe that the presidency is not an OJT for a candidate, alluding to her inexperience in government.

In Rappler’s online voting, netizens chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for all the 3 rounds. The second placer was either Santiago (round 1) or Roxas (rounds 2 and 3). Vice President Jejomar Binay was the consistent 5th placer, posting double-digit numbers. –


Editors’ picks per round

Netizens’ picks per round


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