DAGUPAN CITY — Political analyst and University of the Philippines (UP) vice president for public affairs, Dr. Prospero “Popoy” de Vera, believes Senator Grace Poe was the best in terms of consistency in the three presidential debates.
De Vera, who was at the last presidential debate held at Phinma University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City on Sunday said, “Because this is the third in a series of debates, Grace Poe was the best in terms of consistency- grasp of issues, clarity of solutions, ability to explain position on issues- from the 1st to 3rd debates.”
“The format (town hall) and issues (health, education, employment and those that affect families) in the debate also helped her emphasize her being a mother that cares for the family,” he added.
The town hall format allowed ordinary Filipinos- representing different sectors in the society- to ask questions to the five presidential bets.
De Vera also noted that Poe’s closing statement, particularly her reference to the parent and child in the audience, “was powerful and brought tears to people in the audience and possibly those watching on television.”
Poe, in her closing statement, remarked, “Jhessa, ikaw ang dahilan kung bakit ako naririto. Dahil ako ay may anak na katulad mo rin. Bilang isang babae, bilang isang nanay: matitiis mo ba na malaman na milyon milyong bata ang hindi makakain sa ating bansa?”
The aspiring president also vowed that a woman can perform the responsibilities of a president, the way she performs her responsibilities as a mother.
“Ang mga babae ay mapagtimpi, ang mga babae pasensyosa, ang mga babae ay mapagmahal pero pag nilagay mo sa alanganin ang mga mahal nila sa buhay, ang mga babae ay hindi sumusuko,” she said.
Meanwhile, De Vera noted that Vice President Jejomar Binay “performed better than expected given that he did not do well in the second debate.”
The debate format gave him enough time to explain details of what he wants to do for families, he added.
On the other hand, administration bet Mar Roxas, in an interview after the debate, hit Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for his answer in regard the Philippines’ claim over the South China Sea.
Roxas said Duterte’s answer was not realistic and would only endanger the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Duterte, during the debate, said he would talk to China and if the China insists on its claim, he would go to the nearest Philippine-China boundary.
He said he would ride on jetski and bring with him a Philippine flag in the area to mark the country’s sovereignty.
“Then I would say this is ours and do what you to do with me,” said Duterte.
“Sabi niya pupunta siya ro’n, alam ba niya na the AFP are supposed to protect him e kung maraming mamatay?’ Yan ba ay responsableng kilos ng isang pangulo, dahil lamang sa pa-drama, pa-hero?.” said Roxas.
The three-hour debate, organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and hosted by ABS-CBN and Manila Bulletin, tackled different issues including the contractualization of workers, worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila, the feud against China over South China sea, education and social protection, and peace process in Mindanao. Johanne Margarette Macob/PNA / northboundasia.com