Santiago, Poe on debate: No tough question, easy


For some presidential candidates, the first #PiliPinas debate was a breeze.

Senator Miriam Santiago, known for her expertise in debates, said she did not see "any tough question."

"I didn't find any tough question I thought they are very generous to the candidates," said Santiago, who however noted of the debate's success for being able to bring all candidates in one stage.

Senator Grace Poe said she expected it to be harder.

"Okay naman I was expecting it to be harder pero parang kapag nandoon ka na parang komportable kana. Alam mo ang mga kasama natin dun ay nakasama na natin," said Poe.

She claimed there was no tough question for her because she "prepared for it." The time limit however made it difficult for her to express her views.

"Ang mahirap lang, kakulangan sa oras kasi kailangan mong sabihin sa napakaikling panahon," said Poe.

The debate is an initiative by the Commission on Election with media partners, the first of the series aired in GMA 7 and conducted in Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro. For Sunday's debate, time limits were set for candidates' statements and rebuttals. For each statement, candidates were given 90 seconds. For rebuttals, they each had 60 seconds.

Liberal Party's Mar Roxas also felt the time allotted was not enough.

"Medyo kulang sa oras. Masalimuot, maselan at malalaking problema ito at hindi naman pwede sa isang minuto masasagot lahat," Roxas said.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who spiced up the debate with his quotable statements, meanwhile explained why he "photobombed" Roxas.

"Wala, gusto ko lang sya kalabitin na mauna na ako," Duterte said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay refused a post-debate interview.

Mon Ilagan, United Nationalist Alliance spokesperson said Binay had "nothing to say."

"Wala nang sasabihin si Vice President Binay, nasabi naman niya yung gusto niyang iaddress sa debate, nasabi na niya yung programa niya tungkol sa kahirapan, nasabi niya yung sagot sa magiging kadebate niya, eh palagay ko naman that is enough already for the vice president," he said.

-- Reports from Angelo Andrade, Chiara Zambrano

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