Viewers can watch a full replay of the third Philippines presidential debate from Sunday and see what is the final public appeal for the candidates before next month’s vote.
The third and final debate in the PiliPinas Debates 2016 series took place Sunday at the University of Pangasinan Phinma in Dagupan City, PhilStar noted. The debate included all five candidates — Senator Grace Poe, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, and Liberal Party representative Manuel “Mar” Roxas II
Viewers who want to watch the full video of the third 2016 PiliPinas Debate can watch the embedded video below.
Those who watch the final Philippines debate online will see voters making a direct appeal to candidates. The format included real voters asking questions to the candidates as well as a “face off” segment where the candidates addressed one another directly.
“The sectoral representatives were chosen among thousands of Filipinos all over the nation and the world who sent in their queries for the presidential candidates via ABS-CBN’s ‘Halalan Hugot’ campaign,” ABS-CBN said in a statement on Thursday.
Topics for the debate included job security, foreign policy, education, concerns of overseas Filipino workers, and how the candidates would promote peace in the Mindanao conflict.
The final Philippines presidential debate is a seen as one of the most important events in the remaining weeks of the campaign, which has been a tight race.
“This is the final opportunity for voters to know and gauge the candidates. This is also a good chance for candidates to explain their platforms and solutions to the country’s problems,” said Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista.
Viewers saw Duterte as the clear winner of the final PiliPinas 2016 presidential debate in Pangasinan, with the Davao City mayor sweeping Rappler online polling. The poll showed that Duterte received two-thirds of all votes, followed by Manuel Roxas II with 18 percent.
Santiago was in third with 12 percent, while former front-runner Grace Poe was the choice of just 4 percent of voters. It marks a sweep for Duterte, who was also the pick of viewers as the winner of the first two Philippines presidential debates.
There is some question on how accurately the polls of the third Philippines presidential debate reflect all voters. The online nature of the poll allows the most passionate followers to have the biggest impact, and Rappler editors did not put Duterte among the winners.
“In the final debate, Rappler editors chose Roxas and Poe as winners. Rappler editors said Roxas delivered the best closing statement. He and Poe were winners in the face-off and fast talk rounds of the debate, according to Rappler editors.”
Duterte has encountered some controversy lately, as comments emerged where he joked about the 1989 rape and murder of an Australian missionary.
“I was angry she was raped, yes that was one thing. But she was so beautiful, I think the mayor should have been first. What a waste,” he said (via CNN) of the attack in Davao City, where he has served as mayor.
Experts found the final Philippines presidential debate to be a bit lacking on details, however, with Rappler reporting that advocacy experts didn’t hear enough specifics about the candidates’ platforms.
Viewers who watch the full replay of the final Philippines presidential debate will see what is likely the last major appeal. The candidates will be busy campaigning from now until May 9 when voters take to the polls to select a new president.
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