Over all it was underwhelming. But the first Philippine presidential debate dubbed PiliPinas Debates 2016 in Cagayan de Oro City was not without its share of unforgettable quotes thanks to the lovable and laughable candidates.
We gathered below the best lines, putdowns, and punchlines spewed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Sen. Miriam on whether she is fit to run the country after being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer
“Nag-aantay akong mamatay eh hindi ako pinatay ng guardian angel. My only purpose is to serve out the rest of my life…I did not want to spend the next six years in bed feeling sorry for myself.”
Mayor Duterte on Santiago on becoming president
“I do not see Miriam dying in the next 20 years.”
Sen. Poe on Duterte’s alleged womanizing
“Kung ikaw ay malakas ang dating sa babae konting pigil. Sapagkat syempre malay mo yung mga lumalapit sa'yo may asawa o kaya may boyfriend.”
Duterte on criminality
“Criminals, I go after them. As long as I do it in accordance with the rules of law. I will continue to kill criminals… If I become president it will be bloody.”
Vice President Binay on his real estate properties
“Hindi po totoo na ako ay maraming lupa. Ito ho ay either namana ko o nabili ko.”
Miriam on eradicating poverty
“Promises are always easy to make... Saan natin kukunin ang pondo para sa mga pangakong iyan?”
Poe on education
“Dapat magkaroon ng libreng pananghalian sa mga public schools.”
Sec. Roxas on Yolanda
“Nandun ako simula bago pa dumating ang Yolanda at ginawa ko ang lahat. Matitingnan ko ang kahit sino sa ating bansa, mata sa mata, at sabihin slahat ng maaring magawa sa kapanahunang iyon ay nagawa.”
Poe on corruption
“Mayroon po tayong pag-asa. Kailangan mawala ang mga kurakot.”
Roxas: “Mahigit two million ang naitawid sa poverty line [ng tuwid na daan].”
Miriam: “As I said, these are all promises way up in the sky.”
Duterte on eradicating corruption
“This is true in every program of the government. Ang problema is incompetence and corruption…I am willing to stake my honor, position, and life. Three to six months, malinis ang bayan na ito.”
Binay on ridding bureaucracy of incompetence
“Kailangan ng malakas na leader laban sa smuggling. I am a decisive leader.”
On progress in Mindanao
Roxas: "Ituloy and tuwid na daan sa Mindanao."
Duterte: "Wala akong nakita, puro kulubot."