ILOILO CITY: Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. got the approval of more Ilonggos after watching the Vice Presidential Debate on Sunday held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
Iloilo-based broadcaster Joel Franco of RMM 774 said the debate was successful in the sense that the vice presidentiables clearly showed what stuff they are made of. But it was Robredo of the Liberal Party and Marcos who carried the ball of the debate.
Despite the family baggage he had to carry, the younger Marcos admitted that he cannot give what he does not have. Apparently, he meant he should not be cited for the corruption and plunder attributed to his father, said Franco, who has no admiration for Marcos.
Hall-in-the-wall eatery operator Wilma Cabral said the debate clearly showed what an intelligent and caring woman like Robredo can do for the country by championing the anti-poverty programs for the rural areas.
Japhet Ladrido said the debate opened his eyes on the realities of the vice president’s role in Philippine governance. While the VP candidates shunned a spare tire image, Ladrido, a businessman, said their role speaks well of their participation in the growth or downfall of the country in the next six years.
College student Rolex Denojo said he had read about the Marcos regime and is vehement against the return of a Marcos in Malacañang or in the corridors of power. But he was impressed by the way Marcos dodged all the accusations hurled against him and branded Bongbong as a “shining politician out to conquer the world”.
As to the other VP aspirants – Allan Peter Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes – they were branded as only issuing motherhood statements.
The first and only debate of the vice presidential candidates was sponsored by the Commission on Elections, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and CNN to provide an overview of the character of the future second powerful person in the Philippines.