Hashtag #PiliPinasDebates2016 trends worldwide


MANILA - The hashtag #PiliPinasDebates2016 became the top trending hashtag both in the Philippines and worldwide as four presidential candidates resorted to name-calling during the fiery debate.

The debate which took place at University of the Philippines in Cebu City was attended by four presidential candidates: Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas, Senator Grace Poe, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Only Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was unable to attend the debate due to health reasons.

(READ: Miriam to skip presidential debate in Cebu, cites health)

The debate, hosted by TV5 and The Philippine Star, was delayed for over an hour when Vice President Binay asked to bring his notes to the debate stage, in violation of Comelec rules.

(READ: 2nd presidential debate delayed over candidate's notes)

(READ: Netizens react to delay in presidential debate

Meanwhile, Comelec Chairman said the event generated at least 1.04 million tweets.

Netizens actively engaged themselves in the debates, using the hashtag. TV5 also showed the behind the scenes of pre-debate proper. Here are some of netizens' reactions:

The next Comelec debate will be featuring vice presidential candidates on April 10 in Metro Manila, and will be hosted by CNN Philippines, Rappler, and Business Mirror.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News and Manila Bulletin will head the third and final presidential debate on April 24 in Luzon.