Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago was a big loss in the presidential debate in Cebu held in Cebu on Sunday, according to her vice presidential bet Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

In an interview at the sidelines of his Unity Caravan in Makati City (Metro Manila) on Monday, Marcos said Santiago’s absence in last night’s presidential debate was a big loss to the discourse in qualitative terms.

“Kung andun sana sya, mas tumaas ang level ng discussion ng ating mga presidentiables [If she was there, the level of discussion could have been higher],” he added.

In another interview, Marcos said a lot of people surely missed Santiago’s presence in the debate because she is the best debater among those vying for President.

“[For us, she is the best debater. She has the record not only as a debater, but as a judge, as a legislator, as a senator, in the executive, and we feel that she would have done very very well as she always does,” he added.

Marcos, however, remains hopeful that Santiago will be able to join the last round of debates next month.

Santiago skipped the Cebu leg of the presidential debate because she was undergoing tests for a new anti-cancer pill.

While he refused to say who did well in the debate, Marcos said he could sense that in the second round, the determination of each candidate to stand out was strong.


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