The vice presidential debate was not only rationally entertaining, but it confirms also what I wrote that electing vice president is more important in 2016 national elections (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/electing-vice-president-more-important-in-2016-national-elections/).
Since I have nothing but antipathy for Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., I didn’t really mind that he was heckled by the anti-Marcos group chanting, “Never again, never again to martial law!” , during his opening address.
I hope the younger generation, who seems to get titillated by his name or looks perhaps, understands the reason for the heckling and the manner Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano ‘opened fire’ with his vituperations against Marcos.
Cayetano deserves to be applauded for opening the eyes once more of the people, especially the younger generation, for the injustices, corruption and atrocities committed during the conjugal dictatorship’s regime of which the young Marcos clearly and vividly remembers, I am sure.
But the irony of it all is that Cayetano’s presidential tandem, Digong Duterte, does not feel the same way as his running mate about the Marcoses, thus, the attack on Marcos was and is is not so destructive for the latter’s vice presidential ambition.
Suffice to say that it will take a Duterte, who is reportedly leading the presidential poll survey as I write, who could do more damage to the candidacy of Marcos. As it is, he does not even want to touch Marcos with a ten-foot-pole.
Rep. Leni Robredo, who appeared compose, articulate and passionate in her answers, questions, ideas and strategies, raised also some issues against Marcos, but I don’t think it really mattered much. Just the same her knowledge, accomplishments, confidence and competence made her a winner in that debate.
Not much can be said about the performance of Senators Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes. Coming from the same mold, it was their notoriety that catapulted them to where they are. Renegade soldiers as they were in their military days, their leadership does not augur well for the country. Both were probably exciting as soldiers, but in politics they are dull and uninspiring, even if Trillanes keeps on hounding Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Sen. Francis Escudero was a big disappointment and a disaster to boot. If he thinks he is interesting and impressive and feels smart with his monotone voice when he speaks, he is dead wrong. He does a lot of word-playing and at times he pretends to crack a joke that only he himself would laugh.
Worst even was when Escudero referred to them all on the stage as “payaso” (clown). I was surprised that nobody reacted to the description given them. Perhaps they did not understand the word, which when referring to the other vice presidential candidate is offensive and degrading.
In reality, there was only one “payaso” on the stage and his name is Escudero..