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HIGHLIGHTS: Presidential and vice-presidential debates by CNN Philippines

HIGHLIGHTS: Presidential and vice-presidential debates by CNN Philippines


Nearly all presidential and vice-presidential candidates are set to square off during CNN Philippines’ debates from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday, February 26 (for vice-presidential bets) and Sunday, February 27 (for presidential bets). 

Nine presidential candidates and seven vice-presidential bets have confirmed their attendance as of February 18, CNN Philippines said. Hosted by CNN Philippines anchors, the debates are slated to take place at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, live and in person. 

Scroll down this page for live updates, context, analyses, and fact checks from Rappler as the debates unfold. Further down the page, click “load more.”


HINDI TOTOO: Sabi ni Robredo, sasakyan para sa lahat ang solusyon sa trapik

Lorenz Pasion

Ang sabi-sabi: Sinabi ni Vice President Leni Robredo na dapat lahat ng tao ay may sasakyan bilang solusyon sa trapik sa Metro Manila.


Ang katotohanan: Hindi sinabi ni Robredo ang pahayag na ito sa CNN Presidential Debate. Sinabi ni Robredo na kailangan ay pagtuunan ng pansin ng gobyerno ang pampublikong transportasyon at ang pagbibigay ng pondo para sa pagpapaunlad ng kanayunan upang masolusyonan ang mabigat na trapik sa Metro Manila.

Bakit kailangan i-fact-check: Nang isulat ang fact check na ito, mayroon nang 1,700 reaksiyon, 1,400 komento, at 416 shares ang larawan sa Facebook.

Basahin ang detalyadong fact check dito.

Four presidential bets promise pay hike for health workers in CNN PH debate

Bonz Magsambol
CANDIDATES for the 2022 Philippine elections slug it out in the CNN Philippines Presidential Debate on February 27, 2022. Screengrab from CNN Philippines

Four presidential candidates on Sunday, February 27, promised to raise the salary of healthcare workers who have been on the frontlines of the pandemic response.

During the CNN Philippines Presidential Debate on Sunday, moderator Pia Hontiveros asked four candidates – namely, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Manny Pacuqiao, and physician Jose Montermayor Jr. – this question: “Under your leadership, what would you do to keep our nurses here, other than reinforcing the annual limit of 5,000 healthcare workers deployed abroad? In other words, how will you encourage them to stay home and make a living here instead of going overseas?”

Read the full story here for what Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Manny Pacuqiao, and physician Jose Montermayor had to say.

If elected, here’s what presidential bets would do in first days in office

Bonz Magsambol
ELECTION DEBATES. CNN Philippines holds its presidential Debate on February 27, 2022.

Presidential candidates on Sunday, February 27, bared their plans for their first days in office if elected as chief executive of the country.

During CNN Philippines’ Presidential Debates, moderator Pinky Webb asked the candidates this question in a mix of English and Filipino: “If you become the 17th president of the Philippines, how soon would Filipinos feel the impact of your leadership? You see, our President in 2016 said that in three to six months he would wipe out drugs as well as end corruption. How about you?”

Nine of the 10 presidential candidates took part in the debates. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the survey frontrunner who had skipped interviews and debates sponsored by major news organizations, didn’t show up at the CNN Philippines event. 

Read the full story here.

HINDI TOTOO: Bill Gates nagbigay ng $15 milyon sa kampanya ni Isko Moreno

Sofia Guanzon
Jose Montemayor Jr. during the CNN Philippines Presidential Debate on February 27, 2022

Ang sabi-sabi: Binigyan ni Bill Gates ang mayor ng Maynila at kandidato sa pagkapangulo na si Isko Moreno Domagoso ng $15 milyon para sa kanyang kampanya. 


Ang katotohanan: Nagbigay ng grant katumbas ng $319,147 o P16 milyon ang Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sa lungsod ng Maynila noong 2020 para sa kanilang mga programa tungkol sa tubig at kalinisan. 

Bakit kailangan i-fact-check: Sinabi ni Montemayor ang sabi-sabing ito sa CNN Philippines Presidential Debate nitong Pebrero 27. 

Basahin dito ang detalyadong fact check. 

Robredo shares notes from debate

Michelle Abad

The morning after the CNN Philippines Presidential Debate, presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo posted on her Facebook the notes she took down during the program to organize her answers.

Candidates were not allowed to bring a kodigo or a cheat sheet to the debate, nor were questions given in advance. They were given only blank sheets of paper and a pen.

“The challenge is always how to encapsulate all you need to say in the 1.5 minutes given to you. Good thing the organizers gave us a pen and some sheets of paper. Very useful in organizing my thoughts. Some of them I wasn’t able to use because they were not asked,” said Robredo.

Robredo said she tried anticipating some of the questions. “Kung ako ‘yung unang tinatawag, ‘di na ako nakakapag-notes dahil wala nang oras (If I was called first, I would not have been able to take notes because there would have been no time),” she said.

Presidential bets tackle economic impact of Russia-Ukraine crisis

Ralf Rivas

While Ukraine is thousands of kilometers away from the Philippines, the economic impact of Russia’s invasion will be felt by Filipinos.

Global oil prices already jumped over $105 per barrel due to the geopolitical conflict.

Here’s how presidential bets intend to address the problem.

In crowded debate stage, lesser known presidential bets fight for spotlight

Dwight de Leon

The presidential debate hosted by CNN Philippines on Sunday, February 27, gave some of the lesser known candidates a chance to introduce themselves to the voting public, but not all of them had a time to shine in the crowded stage.

Among the presidential aspirants whose survey numbers had yet to breach the one-percentage point mark as of January, according to pollster Pulse Asia, were Faisal Mangondato, Ernesto Abella, and Norberto Gonzales.

While Leody de Guzman and Jose Montemayor Jr. had survey numbers similar to the three, the two were highly visible during the debate because of their live tussles on labor issues, among others. Read the full story here.

Leni ‘Minaj’ Robredo? VP drops ‘resibo’ of pandemic response in CNN PH debate

Mara Cepeda
Vice President Leni Robredo rises at the CNN Philippines Presidential Debate on February 27, 2021. (VP Leni Media Bureau)

Lone female presidential candidate Leni Robredo pulls off the perfect optics, stealing the show even when the debate ended.

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Stand on LGBTQ+ spoils Pacquiao’s performance at CNN PH debate

Aika Rey

Aspiring president Senator Manny Pacquiao visibly struggled in explaining his stance on controversial topics, spoiling his performance at the CNN Philippines debate.

On Sunday, February 27, select presidential candidates were asked about their stance on civil unions for same-sex couples and divorce. Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Panfilo Lacson said they supported civil unions but not same-sex marriage. Read the full story here.

WATCH: Who would presidential bets pick for DOH secretary, economic team?

Sofia Tomacruz
HIGHLIGHTS: Presidential and vice-presidential debates by CNN Philippines

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