The PiliPinas Debates finally came to a close, and save for a few intense exchanges, it seems that the five presidential candidates—Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas—we're able to get their message across.
Each presidentiable has a platform to boast, all reeking of progress but shrouded by promises. Last night was no different; while defending themselves against issues hurled at them, the candidates threw in a handful of encouraging scenarios if ever they get elected to the country's top post.
Are any worth believing? It's up to you.
Duterte on contractualization
"The moment I assume the presidency contractualization will stop. They have to stop it. That is an injustice committed against the people of the Republic of the Philippines."
FHM's follow-up question: Sir, you keep on saying, "Stop it." How are you planning to "stop" all of it?
Santiago on health issues
"We should stop the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office from demanding a letter of recommendation from a politician before they attend to a request for funding for the poor. Number two, I oppose the privatization of hospitals because it drives the cost of medicines upward."
FHM's follow-up question: How are you going to make sure that public hospitalization will offer quality medical care? We've heard of so many horror stories of patients held at the front door because they couldn't provide an initial deposit...
Binay on contractualization
"Habang ikaw ay walang trabaho eh magagamit mo yung savings mo. Kasi ako hindi ko lang bababaan, tatanggalin ko yang income tax."
Binay on OFWs
"Sa akin pong pamumuno magkakaroon po ng pension plan o pera sa OFW. Aalisin po natin yung pa-membership fees sa OWWA; gobyerno na po ang sasagot."
Binay on health issues
"Sa akin, lahat ng barangay magkakaroon ng health center. Lahat ng barangay health center kumpleto sa gamit at lahat magkakaroon ng isang health worker."
FHM's follow-up question: Where are you going to get the funds for all those free stuff if you're planning to abolish income tax?
Poe on OFWs
"Ang aking gusto talagang gawin ay ihanda ang ating ekonomiya para kung gusto niyo umuwi ay may trabaho kayo... Maraming nililikha na problema dahil nawawalay sa pamilya. Bilang nanay, bilang babae, gusto ko magsama-sama na tayo."
Poe on health issues
"Pag ako naging pangulo, sisiguraduhin ko na ang mga mahihirap, zero billing sa mga ospital. Sapagkat ngayon sa ating Philhealth kailangan pa rin may out of pocket."
FHM's follow-up question: Again, how the hell are you gonna do this?
Roxas on contractualization
"Makakaasa ka, sa loob ng tatlong buwan matapos ang pag-upo ko bilang pangulo, matatapos ang endo (end of contract)."
FHM's follow-up question: Well, why don't you get the current administration to act on this matter? Why wait for your term?