Social media was abuzz with the first and only Vice Presidential Debate organized by the Commission on Elections and CNN Philippines last April 10, especially with the performance of Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano.
Cayetano swept the seven (7) rounds of Rappler’s online polls, mirroring the performance of his running mate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte, in the two previous presidential debates. The figures Cayetano obtained were as follows:
Round 1 – 47.17%
Round 2 – 50.78%
Round 3 – 47.62%
Round 4 – 41.12%
Round 5 – 54.88%
Round 6 – 41.57%
Round 7 – 51.3%
Cayetano was also picked by Rappler’s editors as the overall winner of the debate, citing his consistency in talking about his platform of government with Duterte, as well as his clear message of political will and leadership.
Cayetano leads CNN online polls
The Senate leader also took the lead in CNN Philippines’ online polls. During the debate, the news outlet asked online readers who their VP bet is. Cayetano was the top choice, garnering 41 percent of the votes.
In a separate statement, Duterte congratulated his running mate, describing him as the clear winner in the debate. “Alan was able to show the political will, courage, and strength of character that we are offering to the Filipino people. He was able to distinguish himself from the others and put forward our bold solutions to end the country’s disorder and realize meaningful change. His performance affirmed my decision to pick him as my running mate. He will truly fight for the people,” Duterte said. This was echoed by Atty. Paola Alvarez, spokesperson of PDP-Laban, Duterte’s political party. “Sinusuportahan talaga namin si Sen. Alan bilang ka-tandem ni Mayor Duterte. Lubhang nagustuhan namin ang kanyang debate performance. Naipakita niya kung ano talaga ang agenda ng tambalang Duterte-Cayetano. Pinamalas talaga niya ang tapang ng loob at political will na kailangan sa ating mga namumuno,” Alvarez said.
Cayetano is running with Duterte under a comprehensive platform of government, which aims to end the country’s disorder caused by crime, illegal drugs, and corruption./Office of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano