My assessment on presidential debate (per candidates’ performances)


Presidential candidates with their respective podiums before the start of the debate at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro. (taken from COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez’s Twitter account)

Sorry if I’m already too late of posting on this assessment of mine about the performances of presidential candidates during the recently concluded first presidential debate sanctioned by COMELEC at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro as the day after the debate, I had to roam about the city itself before I left for Cebu via Trans Asia 10 at around 8 AM and unfortunately, I could not accessed internet via LTE on board because my tab had low battery and I wasn’t able to bring the charger of it (went off when I was surfing Facebook while sailing around Southern Cebu before I arrived in Cebu City port) and thus, I have to post my assessment, more than 2 days after the debate. My assessment can be accessed also hrough my FB account as I posted it, morning after the debate and before I left Cagayan de Oro for Cebu.

Here are my assessments for each of the candidates’ performances:

1) Poe – she articulated a lot and answered all the questions thrown to her by the moderators well though some of her answers seemed to be a bit improbable like free lunch for pupils.

2) Santiago – well, her declining health had been obvious and stuttered a lot especially about the EDCA issue; nevertheless, her intellectual wit remained for somewhat and would have been a runaway winner of the debate if she was healthy.

3) Duterte – obviously, the rule of the debate didn’t resonate well with his temperament of being a feisty because he and the rest of the candidates in general, were time-limited in answering questions from the hosts and rebutting statements from their opponents and I think, if the debate format was similar to US presidential primary debate, he would have been a runaway winner; nevertheless, he really articulated for somewhat his federalism platform though about eradicating crimes, he was obviously under illusion that he could eradicate them within 6 months at most.

4) Binay – actually his debating performance was really all about defending his accomplishments as being a chief executive in Makati for years and dissing his bitter rival, Mar Roxas though he was able to articulate about his strengths on tackling poverty especially among farmers and actually, his plans are mostly realistic. The debate format prevented him to maximize his strength as a candidate and had the debate was similar to its US counterparts, he could have demolished Roxas or vice versa.

5) Roxas – he really articulated well about the accomplishments of the “Matuwid na Daan” mantra of the current administration but seemed to be focused himself on dissing Binay every time the hosts told him to rebut Binay’s statements. Therefore, he was all about stopping Binay and vice versa and think that there should be a special debate between them to show who’s really a better candidate.

7.6 magnitude earthquake in Samar, Philippines

USGS map on intensity of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake, felt in different areas nationwide as per 10:30PM Manila time.

Few hours ago, a strong earthquake shook the eastern portion of the Philippines including Cebu with the magnitude of 7.6 happened at 94 km (58 miles) E of Sulangan, Samar, Philippines according to the United States Geological Survey.

The tsunami alert has been issued by the USGS to the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, and Palau. A tsunami warning remains in effect for Indonesia and the Philippines, though it has been lifted for Japan, Taiwan and several other Pacific states and islands as of this moment.

The head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Renato Solidum said that the bureau initially recorded a magnitude of 7.7. Solidum said that residents living along the coastline of eastern Samar Island, which was some 66 miles from the quake’s epicenter, had been advised to evacuate to high ground in case of a tsunami.

The earthquake destroyed roads and bridges in the Philippines as people are fleeing to higher ground, Reuters cites Samar congressman Ben Evardone as saying. One person was confirmed dead and one was injured and after the earthquake sparked  flash flooding in Cagayan de Oro, the village’s mayor said. Seven houses were also reported destroyed in the village, while several towns and cities were without power in the central and southern Philippines, AP cites local radio as saying. Cellphone signals are reportedly to be disrupted by the earthquake according to some of my friends. Some areas affected by the quake have experienced power shortage at this moment.

The Philippines is located on the southern part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,000 km long horseshoe-shaped area where 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes take place.