Beauty pageant questions? Netizens find ABS-CBN VP debate 'boring'
MANILA, Philippines – Coming off a heated debate organized by the Commission on Elections, CNN Philippines, and BusinessMirror, which saw the 6 vice presidential candidates in fighting form, expectations were arguably high for the vice presidential debate mounted by ABS-CBN on Sunday, April 17.
But only 4 out of the 6 VP bets turned up for "Harapan ng Bise," and while there were a few shots fired, the pace of the debate never really picked up, according to social media users.
The hashtag #HarapanBise did trend worldwide, but there were quite a number of posts that criticized the format of the debate – was it really one? – and its overall feel.
This is the most boring debate session in the history of this 2016 election campaign. TV5 even did better than ABSCBN. #HarapanBise— Acid Jetty (@JETTYFIERCE) April 17, 2016
#Harapanbise ay napaka boring at naging question & answer lang, debate ba kamo eto? Boooohhh ABS!!!!— Mary Ann H. Lim (@nvrbeenbetter) April 17, 2016
Napakapangit ng set at utterly boring ng debate nitong ABS. Wala pang kachallenge-challenge mga tanong. Ano ba yan #HarapanBise— Axel (@axelpuhgeh) April 17, 2016
Boring vice presidential debate..— ali mariano sastre (@alimarianos) April 17, 2016
Actually not a debate. It is a Q&A ... paulit ulit mga sinasabi at bolahan ng mga kalaban ni Marcos...
The ABS-CBN VP debate format is lacklustre. 90% went to commercials and some weird fiesta music then the rest went to debate #HarapanBise— Adrianne Dave Guilas (@DaveGuilas) April 17, 2016
Overall, this so-called VP debate, because of its weird format and badly filtered questions, was not at all value-adding. @ABSCBNNews— ANGRY FILIPINA (@angryfilipina) April 17, 2016
Overall the debate (if we could even call it that), under the festive veneer, felt shallow and rung a bit empty. #HarapanBise— Janin Volante (@thesunwontset) April 17, 2016
Others felt the questions were more suited for a beauty pageant.
Who approved that superpower question for a VP debate? Seriously?! pic.twitter.com/V8KU1xjBPk— Ally V. Cabo Chan (@allycabochan) April 17, 2016
Bakit parang pang Bb. Pilipinas yung questions kanina sa #HarapanBise? The pageant's also happening tonight. Akala ko debate ito...— Adelaide Santos (@Adelaydee) April 17, 2016
Did they mix up the questions for the VP debate and for Binibining Pilipinas? #HarapanBise— Rica (@ricagfernandez) April 17, 2016
What do you think of the ABS-CBN vice presidential debate? Did it help you in deciding who to vote for in the May elections? Post your comments below or share your views on X. – with reports from Aldrin Brosas/Rappler.com
Aldrin Brosas is a Rappler intern from Aquinas University of Legazpi.