Advocates share hopes, expectations for VP debate
MANILA, Philippines – The candidates are not the only ones ready for the debate.
Civil society advocates are also raring to hear the candidates share their platforms and accomplishments in the only vice presidential debate.
The vice president's capabilities as an official is one of their main concerns.
"What am I looking in a VP Candidate? Someone that will not just wait for the president to fly somewhere in order to function," tweeted MA Sociology student Rae Emmanuel Echaveria.
What am I looking in a VP Candidate? Someone that will not just wait for the president to fly somewhere in order to function. #PHVote— Rae Emmanuel (@raefication) April 10, 2016
People need to stop saying it doesn't matter who the VP is kasi "walang ginagawa." There's something wrong kung walang ginagawa yung VP.— Anna Oposa (@annaoposa) April 10, 2016
Because they expect the vice president to be just as capable as the president, they – just as in the presidential debates – are hoping the debate will show concrete and substantial plans, and will inform voters of the vice president's responsibilities.
VP functions are ambiguous to Filipinos. Good thing VP debate is initiated #PHVote— novie arren barretto (@Kenobishinobi) April 10, 2016
For Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) Assistant Professor of Sociology Badz Calamba, candidates should discuss current issues the country is facing, and cited the Kidapawan farmers protest.
The debate should discuss the recent unfortunate events in Kidapawan as well as issues on drought and climate change.— Badz A. Calamba (@SeptrinJohnC) April 10, 2016
Anna Oposa of environmental group Save Our Seas said she wanted to hear plans to tackle climate change and environmental issues.
They also expected to hear candidates go into areas the previous two presidential debates missed.
Expectations: VP candidates must be on point & must address issues that the Pres debate failed to discuss. #PHvote— novie arren barretto (@Kenobishinobi) April 10, 2016
For Barretto and Emmanuel, this means tackling the power crisis.
@Kenobishinobi definitely. Di sya masyadong napalalim last Presidential debate.— Rae Emmanuel (@raefication) April 10, 2016
Calamba, meanwhile, wanted to hear platforms for education and the K-12 program.
I am still expecting a concrete platform on education esp on the issue of K-12. Last pres debate failed to tackle it. #PHVote— Badz A. Calamba (@SeptrinJohnC) April 10, 2016
Expert commentators from Rappler's coverage noted several missed topics like the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, urban development, health, and education.
The topics for the vice presidential debate are:
- political dynasties
- human rights
- traffic and other urban issues
- Internet connectivity
- foreign policy
- the issue of the VP as a "spare tire"
No more mudslinging
However, the advocates all concluded that they want candidates to stick to the issues and avoid the catfights and mudslinging.
The second presidential debate featured several catfights during hot-button issues like climate change, Vice President Jejomar Binay's corruption charges, and the government's handling of various crises.
Will the vice presidential debate offer more substance? – Rappler.com