The second leg of the PiliPinas 2016 Debates did not disappoint despite a two-hour delay and the absence of crowd favorite Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Presented by TV5, the event was held at the University of the Philippines in Cebu City where presidential hopefuls Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas II shared the stage.
And, as expected, the candidates didn't hold back, trading barbs and insults over corruption, incompetence, and citizenship issues.
Here are 12 of the most heated quotes (and counter-quotes) from the presidential aspirants during the five-hour tension-filled political spectacle:
"Alam mo wala kang ginawa. And you are claiming credit that is not yours. Ang mahirap sa iyo Mar, you are a pretentious leader." –Duterte to Roxas regarding the latter's supposed credit-grabbing during his stint as Interior Secretary.
"Simpleng simple lang po: P16,000 na sterilizer nabili ng Ospital ng Makati, P1.5 million. Meron po kayong ultrasound. Ang isang ultrasound set P1.3 million, yan po ang nasa bill of particulars nung unang sinimulan ang project. Pero ang aktwal na nabili ay P8 million. COA (Commission On Audit) po ang nagsabi niyan at hindi ako.” –Roxas to Binay regarding the corruption charges currently faced by the VP
"Alam mo, we are entitled to buy mamahalin kasi we have the best practice. Hindi sa presyo titignan kung tama ba ang binibili mo." –Binay's reply to Roxas in defense of his alleged anomalous dealings
"You're a fraud. Pati education mo sinali mo ‘yung Wharton eh ‘di ka naman pala taga-Wharton." –Duterte to Roxas regarding the issue that the latter is not really a Wharton graduate
"Hindi ko na problema na hindi maunawaan ni Mayor Duterte kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng pagiging graduate ng Wharton. Wharton na mismo ang nagsabing graduate ako doon sa kanila. Kung ayaw maniwala, iyan ang brand ng Duterte justice, kung ano ang nasa isip niya kahit hindi totoo, iyan ang paniniwalaan." –Roxas in defense of his Wharton degree
"Ang mga nakakasuhan lang sa LP ay mga latak nilang miyembro. Pero ‘yung mga miyembro nila na importante sa kanila tulad ni Secretary Jun Abaya ay nandiyan pa rin at hindi nakakasuhan." –Poe to Roxas about the immunity from prosecution afforded to certain members of the Liberal Party
"Yung datos na binabasa po ninyo ay 2014, 2016 na po tayo… Kung gusto mo na siraan ako at least gamitin mo current data. Sabihin mo sa staff mo na maging up-to-date sa kanilang pag-aaral." –Roxas' response to Binay regarding the aforementioned COA report
"Al Gore came here, talked about environment, climate change. Bakit hindi niya makumbinsi ang bansa niya? Why can't they go to China and stop it? Why do they come here telling us what to do when as a matter of fact we need energy to develop, we are just a developing nation."
–Duterte slamming former US Vice President Al Gore who recently visited the country to promote his anti-global warming campaign
"Lagi mo sinasabi na ikaw ay tunay na Pilipino. Paano ka naging tunay na Pilipino eh sumumpa ka na maging Amerikano? At nung nag-abjure ka sinabi mong ikinahihiya mong maging Pilipino." –Binay to Poe regarding the lady senator's claims that she is indeed Filipino
"Nasa paninilbihan yan. Nanatili ka man sa bayan natin nangulimbat ka naman." –Poe in response to Binay's claims that she rejected being a Filipino