Winners, losers in HARAPAN senatorial debate
Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – As expected, there were winners and losers among the 12 senatorial candidates who participated in ABS-CBN’s HARAPAN: Mga Isyu ng Bayan debate Sunday night at La Consolacion College, Manila.
At least three candidates – Nacionalista Party’s Adel Tamano and Liberal Party bets Neric Acosta and Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel – topped the debates after getting consistently high votes in text and online polls as well as the wireless audience response system (WARS), which gauged audience reaction to the candidates.
On the other hand, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino bet Francisco “Kit” Tatad rated poorly in the WARS and online polls while placing only eighth in number of text votes in the debate. (Read: Results of HARAPAN senatorial debate voting)
A contrast of styles mark Acosta-Maza exchange
MANILA, Philippines—Both candidates were asked tough, hard-hitting questions on poverty and agriculture but only one was the clear victor in the debate.
Gabriela party-list representative Liza Maza lost the first and second round of debates against Bukidnon 1st district representative Neric Acosta in ABS-CBN’s HARAPAN: Mga Isyu ng Bayan, according to real-time feedback from select audience members using the Wireless Audience Response System (WARS).
Maza began the discussion by emphasizing the need for the local agriculture industry to be developed. “Ang susi ay ang usapin ng lupa. Dapat maresolbahan ito,” said Maza. She added that land must be given to farmers in order to develop local industries.