2016 Philippine election debates - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2016 Philippine election debates


Marcos, Escudero, Honasan, 2 Senate bets 'anti-health'

May 05, 2016 - 5:49 PM

Health advocacy groups that lobbied for the passage of the sin tax law warn against top leaders who chose to favor the vested interests of a few over protecting public interest

AFTER SIN TAX LAW. Health advocacy groups call Bongbong Marcos, Chiz Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Ralph Recto, and Tito Sotto as 'anti-health' candidates

In 3rd debate, Binay wooed core voters, not the undecided – analysts

Apr 25, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay seems more comfortable in the debate in Pangasinan but is this enough to sway undecided voters?

UNA STANDARD-BEARER. How did Vice President Jejomar Binay fare during the 3rd presidential debate on April 24. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Grace Poe's debate performance 'good' but 'still lacking' – analysts

Apr 25, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The presidential candidate s statements during the 3rd presidential debate in Pangasinan hardly give new information about her or her platforms

LAST DEBATE. An Analyst says presidential bet Grace Poe performed well in the 3rd presidential debate but something was still lacking in her answers to issues. Photo by Jay Morales

Miriam's last debate will win her ‘principled’ votes – analyst

Apr 25, 2016 - 7:09 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago is lauded for giving well founded answers in the issue of the Philippines territorial dispute with China

3rd presidential debate a 'teleserye' for voters

Apr 25, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Some voters wish the presidential bets were more straightforward with their answers

Duterte in 3rd presidential debate: More serious, cautious

Apr 25, 2016 - 5:11 PM

The Davao City mayor remains consistent in his messaging offering leadership without details and his authenticity

IRON FIST. Rodrigo Duterte arrives in the venue of the 3rd presidential debate on April 24, 2016. Photo by Rappler

Batman fail, wrong Reyes, and other #PiliPinasDebates2016 memes

Apr 25, 2016 - 4:14 PM

Rely on Filipino netizens to beat the political heat and refresh our social media feeds with some humor

Despite pauses in debate, Miriam still 'strong' bet among youth

Apr 25, 2016 - 2:52 PM

Youth voters from Laguna admire Miriam Defensor Santiago s performance during the final presidential debate

WATCH: Presidential bets square off at 3rd and final debate

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:51 AM

How did the candidates fare in the final round?

More political ads in 3rd presidential debate of ABS-CBN

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:00 AM

But all TV ads – including campaign ads – take only 22 6 of the 3 1 2 hour debate broadcast

FINAL SHOWDOWN. The 5 presidentiables onstage in the last debate in Dagupan City on Sunday, April 25. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Virtual battlefield: How bets fared in final debate

Apr 25, 2016 - 1:12 AM

UPDATED Even before the final presidential debate in Dagupan on April 24 the war was already in full swing Let s take a look

Santiago dismisses 'black propaganda': I will never quit

Apr 24, 2016 - 11:55 PM

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago brushes aside speculations about her health and declares she will stay in the race

'BLACK PROPAGANDA.' Senator and presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago says she has been dealing with black propaganda about her health. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Duterte sweeps Rappler online polls for 3rd presidential debate

Apr 24, 2016 - 11:10 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte again emerges as the choice of most social media users who voted on Rappler s online polls

Presidential bets on Mindanao: Peace talks, dev't programs critical

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Mar Roxas and Rodrigo Duterte agree that the Bangsamoro Basic Law must be passed Three out of 5 candidates mention anti poverty programs are critical to peace in Mindanao

FACE-OFF. Presidential bets explain their solutions to conflict in Mindanao. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Last debate an improvement, but still lacking – experts, advocates

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:24 PM

Did the presidential bets deliver in their last chance to woo voters?

NOT ENOUGH. it was an improvement from the past two debates, but it still was not enough in terms of providing details of the candidates' platforms. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Roxas dares Duterte to back out of presidential race if...

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:23 PM

The administration bet says if he can present a list of PhilHealth beneficiaries from Davao City the mayor who s denying it should quit the race

WORD WAR. Roxas said Duterte's promise to establish a trust fund for the payment of medical expenses of Filipinos confined in hospitals already exists today. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

'Face-off,' 'fast talk' rounds: Poe, Roxas are editors' picks

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:18 PM

Rappler editors name Poe the winner of the face off round and Roxas the winner of the fast talk round

Photo from Manila Bulletin

Legalize medical marijuana? 'No, but let's talk' – Santiago

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Santiago who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2014 says she has never thought of using medical marijuana

Screengrab from ABS-CBN

Presidential bets promise OFWs: Better economy to keep you home

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:03 PM

The candidates promises to the sector include the creation of Department of OFWs a state initiated pension plan and a portable health card

ONE LAST TIME. The third leg of the Comelec-organized presidential debate is the last time the bets will face each other on the same stage before election day on May 9. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Roxas delivers best closing statement – Rappler editors

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Struggling in the surveys the administration candidate makes an emotional appeal to rally to his cause

Who won 3rd presidential debate? Duterte again netizens' choice

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wins the final PiliPinas 2016 presidential debate in Pangasinan according to netizens who voted on the Rappler poll

OVERALL WINNER. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte sweeps the Rappler polls during the 3rd Presidential debate at the PHINMA University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City on April 24. Photo from the Manila Bulletin

Presidential bets on allowing Arroyo house arrest, Marcos burial, mining

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:49 PM

Yes no why: candidates explain their position on controversial issues at the 3rd presidential debate in Pangasinan

FAST TALK. The candidates were asked quick question on a variety of topics in the 3rd presidential debate. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Miriam Santiago wants referendum on hero's burial for Marcos

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Mar Roxas is asked if he would give a Cabinet position to Bongbong Marcos if the latter wins as vice president

SHE'S BACK. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago during the 3rd Presidential debate at the PHINMA University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City on April 24. Photo from the Manila Bulletin

PH stars on final presidential debate in Pangasinan

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:26 PM

Saab Magalona Aiza Seguerra Liza Diño Seguerra KathNiel and more speak up about their candidates and their opinions on the debate

FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. Saab Magalona, Christian Bautista, Kathryn Bernardo, and Daniel Padilla speak about the debate on social media. Screengrabs from Instagram/saabmagalona/xtianbautista, Twitter/imdanielpadilla

Face-off round: Duterte wins netizens' vote in 3rd presidential debate

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:18 PM

Survey front runner Rodrigo Duterte again wins the netizens vote in the face off portion of the 3rd presidential debate in Pangasinan

NETIZENS' CHOICE. The Davao City mayor again emerges as netizens' choice in the face-off portion of the 3rd presidential debate. Screengrab from ABS-CBN

No to 'endo' or contractual labor – presidential bets

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:59 PM

All 5 presidential bets explain how they will out an end to contractual labor saying it is illegal

Photo by Mark Balmores/Manila Bulletin

Binay to give Cabinet posts to ex-Arroyo officials

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Vice President Jejomar Binay also says his administration will not block former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo s bid for house arrest

FINAL DEBATE. Vice President Jejomar Binay answers a question at the 3rd presidential debate in Pangasinan on April 24, 2016.  Photo from the Manila Bulletin

Poe to Duterte: What will happen to women in your presidency?

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Duterte responds by listing down pro women programs in Davao City where he has served as mayor for 23 years

WOMEN ISSUES. Duterte and Poe face-off on women issues during the last presidential debate on April 24, 2016. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

3rd presidential debate round on sectoral issues: Poe is editors' pick

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:54 PM

We recap the various issues tackled in the rounds addressing issues critical to many Filipinos including traffic employment healthcare and territorial disputes

Photo from the Manila Bulletin

Duterte proposes OFW department

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:13 PM

The presidential bet also proposes to establish a system of banks through which OFWs could channel their remittances

PROTECTING OFWS. Rodrigo Duterte proposes a department focused on OFW concerns during the last presidential debate on April 24, 2016. Photo from the Manila Bulletin

Netizens vote: Duterte takes round 1 of 3rd presidential debate

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:09 PM

The popular Davao City mayor is voted by netizens as the winner of the first part of the 3rd and last presidential debate

STILL WINNER. The Davao City mayor is voted the winner of the first round of the presidential debate in Pangasinan by netizens. Screengrab from ABS-CBN

Poe wants traffic terminator, Binay and Roxas clash on split-up DOTC

Apr 24, 2016 - 7:48 PM

The presidential candidates are asked about their concrete plans to fix the traffic problem that keeps many Filipinos wasting hours on the road

TRANSPORT FIXES. Presidential bets were asked how they plan to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila. Screengrab from ABS-CBN

Presidential bets asked: What will PH be like by 2022?

Apr 24, 2016 - 7:37 PM

During their opening statements all 5 presidential candidates imagine a Philippines under their leadership

FINAL LEG. During their opening statements, all 5 presidential candidates imagine a Philippines under their leadership. Photo by the Manila Bulletin

Poe can sway soft votes from Duterte in aftermath of rape joke – analyst

Apr 24, 2016 - 7:19 PM

The rape remark could shift some of the soft supporters of Duterte Women could be susceptible to shift to Poe if she plays the feminist card

BENEFIT? An analyst says Senator Grace Poe can sway soft votes away from pre-election survey frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte following his controversial rape joke. Photo by Jay Morales/Rappler

#PHvote: Faces of Pangasinan

Apr 24, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Rappler asks residents what issues concern them in Pangasinan See their photos and stories here

Substance, ignored issues should be last debate's focus – advocates

Apr 24, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Last debate two more weeks to go before the elections

Duterte expects rivals to attack him in 3rd presidential debate

Apr 24, 2016 - 6:13 PM

In the latest ABS CBN poll released hours before the debate Duterte retains his lead against his opponents

FRONT RUNNER. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he expects his rivals to gang up on him at the 3rd presidential debate in Dagupan City on April 24, 2016, since he is topping the surveys. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PiliPinas 2016: The Dagupan Presidential Debate

Apr 24, 2016 - 6:11 PM

Get live updates as the presidential candidates face off for the last debate on April 24 2016 at the PHINMA University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City

Presidential bets’ supporters heat up Dagupan City

Apr 24, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The sleepy stretch of Arellano road Dagupan city turns into a battleground for supporters of the presidential bets

DRUMMERS. Supporters make noise along Arellano road in Dagupan city. Photo by Jerico Samson

Binay to rivals: Open your bank accounts, show med certificates

Apr 24, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Binay: Kung wala tayong itinatago pirmahan ninyo ang waiver Magpapa AMLC din kayo

Presidential candidate and Vice President Jejomar Binay speaks during a press conference in Dagupan City, April 24, 2016. Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: A hot day ahead

Apr 24, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Scenes as Dagupan prepares for the last presidential debate

The city of Dagupan in Pangasinan gets ready for the 3rd and last presidential debate on April 24.

Duterte, Cayetano still most talked about bets on Facebook

Apr 24, 2016 - 11:06 AM

The DuCay tandem is still leading the conversations on Facebook

#PHVote: Who can clinch Pangasinan?

Apr 24, 2016 - 10:28 AM

All 5 presidential candidates square off for the last time in the vote rich province of Pangasinan

Jenny Villegas, a balut vendor in Dagupan City. Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pangasinan presidential debate: The Rappler coverage

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:28 AM

Rappler live streams on Sunday April 24 the last of the Comelec organized series of presidential debates from the Phinma University of Pangasinan We give you breaking news quick fact checks expert commentaries polls and instant videos

Duterte sustains lead in ABS-CBN poll

Apr 24, 2016 - 9:20 AM

UPDATED The survey results are released hours before the 5 bets face off in the last of the 3 presidential debates; the controversy over the rape comment is not yet a factor Pulse Asia says

STILL LEADING. Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte greets the crowd after a motorcade in Novliches, Quezon City on April 23, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Pangasinense youth leader to presidential bets: Prioritize education

Apr 24, 2016 - 7:24 AM

Frankie Cortez is one of the few youth representatives in Pangasinan who will be watching the last presidential debate live Will his plea be heard?

Plans, not mudslinging: Netizens' expectations for Pangasinan debate

Apr 24, 2016 - 12:00 AM

What issues do you want to hear from the presidential candidates in Comelec s last presidential debate before May 2016 Philippine elections? Rappler asked you answered

All 5 presidential bets face off in Pangasinan debate

Apr 23, 2016 - 8:03 PM

The debate on Sunday April 24 follows a town hall format – questions are sourced from sectoral representatives across the country Candidates also challenge each other in a face off segment

How are presidential bets preparing for the final April 24 debate?

Apr 23, 2016 - 6:15 PM

The April 24 debate will be the last chance for the 5 presidential bets to woo voters on a shared stage

Philippines presidential candidates (L-R) vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Mirrian Defensor-Santiago, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, and Mar Roxas raise their fellow candidates as they participate in a debate held in Cagayan de Oro, southern Philippines on February 21, 2016. Photo by Lyn Rillon/AFP

Miriam Santiago vows to elevate discourse in last presidential debate

Apr 18, 2016 - 3:06 PM

She says presidential candidates should focus on discussing where to get funding for their promises

SHE'S BACK. Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago speaks before graduates of Bulacan State University on Monday, April 18, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler