Plans, not mudslinging: Netizens' expectations for Pangasinan debate
MANILA, Philippines – Allegations and insults have been thrown like confetti on live television in the first two Comelec-sanctioned presidential debates. Netizens are hoping to hear a better exchange among presidential bets in its last and third leg due to happen on April 24, 2016 in Pangasinan. (READ: '#PiliPinasDebates2016: Highs and lows on social media')
As the 5 presidential candidates prepare for their last debate, Rappler asked readers what they are hoping to hear from the candidates in this debate. Here are what they had to say:
Concrete platforms, please
"I hope that the candidates in the 3rd presidential #PiliPinasDebates2016 avoid schoolyard taunts this time," said netizen Alexandra Lapa.
Like Lapa, other netizens are hoping that the candidates can go beyond mudslinging and talk about concrete plans and platforms.
@rapplerdotcom plan of actions ng mga kandidato. Yung konkreto talaga at di puro ganto ganyan.— Ariel (@ArielLavigne) April 23, 2016
@rapplerdotcom Elevate the discussion. Concrete and specific platforms from the candidates. No motherhood statements.— Lea Sheraine Navarro (@leasheraine) April 23, 2016
@rapplerdotcom Enough of empty promises, tell us in details how you'll accomplish your goals— Ric Capili (@richmarc1214) April 23, 2016
Fair, better moderation
Meanwhile, some are more concerned with fair and better moderation from the debate's host, ABS-CBN.
@rapplerdotcom Make them debate like what tv5 has done. Let them talk to each other not Miss Universe like of questioning.Goodluck ABS-CBN— Benjamin Nerpiol (@benjamin7321) April 23, 2016
This comes after netizens slammed the network's previous vice presidential debate as 'boring' with 'beauty pageant' questions. (READ: 'Beauty pageant questions? Netizens find ABS-CBN VP debate 'boring'' )
Some also hoped for less TV commercials.
Im hoping less commercial more sensible debates and issues to be tackled. @rapplerdotcom— dhanny (@Living_Insights) April 23, 2016
In the first presidential debate hosted by GMA, 48 minutes or 35.5% of the entire 135-minute presidential debate were spent on ads. The Cebu debate hosted by TV5 had fewer ads, allocating only 41 minutes and 37 seconds or the 26% of the entire 160-minute debate broadcast.
Talk about issues
Some netizens also wished that the candidates can talk more about specific issues.
Netizens, like Twitter user @arnold1973, wish to hear about the candidates' plans for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). (READ: '#OFWVote: Presidential bets on solving illegal recruitment, abuse')
@rapplerdotcom their program how to protect and safeguard the OFW remittances bcoz of the money scandal— arnold1973 (@arnold19732) April 23, 2016
Twitter user @iamdanayao wants to hear the candidates talk about solving the issues in Mindanao.
Netizen @siwonderppy, on the other hand, wishes to hear about the candidates' plan for the country's agriculture sector.
@rapplerdotcom Gusto ko marinig kung anong programa ang ilalatag nila para sa agrikultura kung saan dapat natin palakasin.— ROBINA❤ (@siwonderpyy) April 23, 2016
Netizen Choco Martin hopes to hear about the bets' stands on LGBT issues.
Netizen Badz Calamba, meanwhile, wants the candidates to reveal their plans after the elections, especially when they lose.
@rapplerdotcom want to hear them their plans after election, esp when they lose.— Badz A. Calamba (@SeptrinJohnC) April 23, 2016
For netizens James Reyes and Arnel Macatangan, the bets' choices for cabinet secretaries are also matters of concern.
@rapplerdotcom i wanna know at least a few of who their prospective cabinet secretaries are— James Reyes (@jameskyut) April 23, 2016
How about you? What are your expectations for this debate? Share your thoughts in the comments or post them on X! – Rappler.com
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