What can you do to help fishermen like me who want to fish near Scarborough Shoal?
Duterte says he will go and confront the Chinese Coast Guard himself. Otherwise, if he sends soldiers, that will be a massacre.
Roxas – There are two aspects to your problem. One the local the other international – cash for work, help in 4Ps. The international – tututgunan pangangailanganmo pero hindi natin isusuko.
The words of a commander-in-chief are closely listened to by everyone.
My opinion – Roxas had the best answers. He analyzed the problem and stated his solutions to both.
ISSUE NUMBER TWO – TRAFFIC IN METRO MANILA
Miriam Santiago – we have to build a new railwa system onecting Metro Manila to Bulacan, Sorsogon. New modern airport. The president must appeal very strongly to drivers to exercise discipline.
My opinion – Senator Miriam Santiago’s mind seems to be wandering. This is not the Miriam the public is used to.
Duterte – build new railways along Pasig River. I will ask MRT an LRT to add more trains.
Grace Poe – enforce the law, esp. on illegal parking. LRT Extension to Cavite, make it now. Think of a subway system. I will appoint a secretary who will act as the “traffic terminator”.
My take – Hasn’t she heard of the Metro Manila Development Authority chief who is in charge of traffic?
Roxas – what they are promising, it is already being done now.Such as the new wagons for the MRT, extensions of LRT – to Laguna. We will bid out bus franchises.
My opinion – The MRT wagons could have come much earlier.
Binay – I’ve been MMDA chief. Implementation is what’s needed.
Miriam Santiago – lets build a new city near Clark, Pampanga.
Duterte – dagdagan mo ng train. on the long term, kopyahin ko na lang yung sinabi ni Miriam.
ISSUE NO. THREE – What will you do with contractualization?
Both Duterte and Grace Poe say contractualization has to stop.
But they did not say how.
Roxas – the loopholes in the law have to be plugged. It’s easy to stop contractualization. We will lower the cost of electricity and increase the number of ecozones.
Binay – I will remove income tax.
Grace Poe – I will lower corporate tax.
My opinion – Subcontractualization has been there for ages. And only now they are talking about it.
ISSUE NUMBER FOUR – What will you do for OCWs?
Grace Poe – Did I just hear her thank OCWs for the taxes they pay?
Just a thought – OCWs don’t pay any taxes.
Binay – proposed pension plan. And free membership in OWWA.
Someone on Twitter is asking whether Roxas has a cheat sheet because he is so well-prepared. This is actually the Roxas I interviewed over a decade ago.
Duterte – said he will create a bank through which OCWs will remit.
My take – the problem is that this will force OCWs to remit in only one bank and they will be at the mercy of that bank’s rates.
Grace Poe proposes to do away with the terminal fee at the airport for OFWs.
My take – Grace Poe does not know that OCWs are exempt from paying terminal fees. The problem actually is that when OCWs buy plane tickets online, the terminal fee might be included in the purchase price so they end up paying the terminal fee and they have to be refunded.
My question – does a presidential debate have to be THIS BORING?
I don’t hear any clash of ideas or programs so far.
ROXAS VS BINAY
ROXAS – asked about overpriced hosptial bed and building.
Binay’s reply – Alam mo Mr. Roxas, ikaw ay shoot na shoot sa tagalog. ..Ilang beses ko na sinagot ang pinagsasabi mo. Binay then talks about agriculture.
In short, he declined to answer it.
ROXAS – persists in asking the questions.
Binay – tells him, you are not the judge. Hindi ikaw ang hukuman.
DUTERTE vs POE
Grace Poe asked Duterte what his administration will do for women. Poe just gave Duterte a wide opening to show off.
Poe follow-up question – do you think
Duterte – that is what I am. You are you. I am I.really yung babae na na-rape sa Davao, pinatay ko nga ang 16. No malice in the narration (later on).
Grace Poe just wasted her questions.
Duterte – let off Miriam.
Miriam – I’m almost normal now.
Miriam – I have been the subject of much black propaganda concerning my health. There is a new cancer drug. I have almost returned to normal.
Miriam – I believe there are three requirements. Academic, professional and moral excellence.
Roxas – I think my record – 23 years in public life – not connected to any kind fo anomal , speaks for itself. The most important word that a public servant has is to say no – no to temptation.
Miriam – in all these years you have been shapeed by the elitist background. do you not think the road istoo narrow…
Roxas – you have been witness to my work in the Senate fighting for cheaper medicine…
BINAY VS POE
Binay asks Poe about changing her citizenship.
Poe – says she has remained Filipino.
YES OR NO
Binay – will place two Arroyo cabinet men into his cabinet – Gary Teves and Peter Favila.
Duterte – yes to burying Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani – yes, because it’s time to heal.
Grace Poe – he renounced his US citizenship a month ago.
My question – Did Duterte promise to kill his son if he’s found to be drug-dealing?
Miriam – she says, dapat alam nila (barangay health workers)
Duterte – one doctor per barangay. I will commit Pagcor funds as a trust fund for medical expenses of people.
Did Duterte just commit to something? That he will withdraw if Mar Roxas is able to show him people from Davao benefiting from Philhealth?
Miriam Santiago really has a problem recalling and expressing. She is not the Miriam we know.
Duterte – nothing will appease the Moro people if ou do not give them the BBL. Says we have to talk to the NPA.
Grace Poe – I will pursue peace talks with all groups.
Senator Miriam Santiago seems to not be feeling well. She did not get up from her seat when she was asked to say something. Perhaps she should withdraw. Just a thought. It’s painful to watch her deteriorate right before our eyes.
Duterte says – we have to talk (with the Moros) to correct the injustice.
My take – oh, pleeeeaaase, the BBL was a product of 20 yeas of talking with the MILF. And yet Senator Bongbong Marcos blocked it.
Duterte – We are just mgirants to Mindanao. Ang pangakoko sa yo ito – Iwill supress drugs to the minimum. Criminality.
If Im in the presidency for two weeks, at wala sa akinmasusunod.
Pag sinabi kong huminto kayo, huminto kayo. I have one wrod for all of government in the Philippines. Stop. S-T-O-P. Just obey the la.
Sabinila may extra-judicial killing – i iwll sto corruption, kumng maari lang maubos ko, I will be harsh. I am warning you in the horizon the coming of terrorism.
Sabi nga ni Sison, if I’m president he will come to talk.
Pagsinabikong huminto, huminto ka ydayn, even at the expense of sometimes, it could be at the expense of honor, the presidency.
yan tanim tanim ng bala huminto ka diyan, unless you are ready t swallow the bullet. And I will do it.
I am a very impatient man.
I never felt any greatness.
hagggang high school 75 lang .
Miriam – I am what I am now. We are looking for the presient of the Philippines. There are three qualifications, academic qualification. I am a valedictorian. Professional excellence – I was given a Ramon Magsaysay award. Third, moral excellence,
She said – I am now normal. I can think and I can act and I can pray.
I will never quit, I will never stop. Iwill never withdraw.
God, preserve this country and begin with me.
My question – she wants God to preserve her?
Binay – ang importante – does the president have a track record. Says no one can top Binay in terms of experience. He said all charges against him are mere allegations (bintang).
Roxas – thanks various sectors. This is not who we are as a people. We are warm, we are generous. we are loving….Every Filipino deserve more.
Roxas seems to have found his slogan – “The best is yet to come.”
Grace Poe – You are the reason I am here. I have faced so many challenges.
Good approach to point to an actual person – Jessa – whose problem she hopes to address.
But opens herself to criticism when she tries to defend her “newness” by saying there is nothing wrong with being new and mentions “bagong bayan”, which is what she achieved by converting back to Philippine citizenship.