AVID SUPPORTERS and defenders of Manny Pacquiao scored the media for uploading a shorter version of his controversial “Masahol pa sa hayop” interview. The shorter version, they claim, made it appear that Pacquiao was completely ignorant and bigot – compared to the longer version which showed that Pacquiao was completely ignorant and bigot.
Members of a Born Again Christian group in Cebu City torched a pile of Nike shoes in protest of Nike’s decision to drop Manny Pacquiao as endorser. When sought for reaction, Nike said, “We’re really busy right now. But we promise to ignore them some other time. Thank you.”
Reports say a pastor led the burning of a pile of Nike shoes in protest of Nike’s decision to sever ties with Manny Pacquiao. This latest development has saddened local Nike employees, LGBT groups, and Brian Poe Llamanzares.
The first presidential debate was held Sunday in Cagayan De Oro City. The five candidates were in their usual element: Mayor Duterte was straightforward; Senator Miriam was still articulate [‘though she looked fragile and her voice was shaking]; Mar Roxas started aggressive and ended dramatic, while Grace Poe was calm and composed. As expected, Vice President Binay trumpeted his accomplishments in Makati. Nothing more. I’m not sure why some people are saying he stole the show.
In the closing statement, the candidates were asked, “Why should you be the next president of the Philippines?” This was a randomly selected question sent online – incidentally by two different persons: Miss Universe Organization’s Paula Shugart and Miss World Chair Julia Morley.
Some debate questions were picked from a bowl, and like the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, PiliPinas Debates 2016 was hosted by a comedian, Mike Enriquez.
An emotional Mar Roxas said he wanted to be president, “Dahil gusto kong maging ganito rin ang buhay n’yo: Malaya sa gutom, malaya sa takot, malayang mangarap.” And then it became awkward when somebody shouted, “Cut! Isa pa! Take 2 tayo.”
Mayor Duterte vowed to “get rid of drugs, suppress crime, and stop corruption in government in a matter of three to six months.” Or as that’s also called, “magic.”
In his closing statement, Vice President Binay said, “Tigilan na po natin ‘yang underspending!” I’m not an expert on budgeting but when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money, I find it hard to trust the man who gave us the Makati City Hall parking building.
Asked why he should be the next president of the Philippines, Vice President Binay said, “Tigilan na ang underspending.” He didn’t answer the question directly, and eventually wound up as 4th Runner-up.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said the debate’s biggest loser was Vice President Binay. While the biggest winner was GMA-7 Sales Department.
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According to a recent survey, the first thing that Filipinos do after waking up in the morning is to check their cellphones. The second thing is to complain about something.
“Avoid and ignore the idiots who try to bring you down in life; they are not worth your time.”
“Nag-aantay akong mamatay. Eh hindi ako pinatay ng guardian angel ko eh. I’m only 70 years old plus six-year term as president, I would have served my country. I did not want to spend the next six years lying in bed feeling sorry for myself. In fact, I didn’t lie in bed. I didn’t want to feel sorry for myself. I felt sorry for my country because graft and corruption is endemic.”
~Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, #PilipinasDebates2016
“Nang tanungin s’ya sa debate kung paano niya nakuha ang kanyang lupa, ang sabi n’ya minana daw niya ito, mula sa kanyang nanay at tatay. Pero kung matatandaan natin, sa kanyang patalastas, sinabi ni Binay na namatay ang kanyang nanay na wala silang perang pampaospital. May lupa pala ang nanay niya. Hindi man lang nila ito isinanla o ibenta para maipagamot ang kanyang nanay?”
~Alan Peter Cayetano on Vice President Binay
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[Photos: Manny Pacquiao: ; Pilipinas Debates 2016: Lyn Rillon and Inquirer.net]