• 17 Memorable Promises Made at the PiliPinas Debate 2016

    Free hospitalization for the poor, no more contractual employment, pension plan for OFWs. The presidential candidates made huge promises in the last debate.
    by Andrei Medina .
  • 17 Memorable Promises Made at the PiliPinas Debate 2016
  • For the last leg of the PiliPinas 2016 presidential debate, we were glad to see that the candidates resorted to less personal attacks, and based on social media accounts, gave more substantial answers compared to previous debates. (Read the entertaining moments of the debate here.)

    While we were disappointed that family and education were not tackled, we’re glad to see health, which was on our wish list of topics to be covered, was one of the six national issues all five presidential candidates had to address. The other five national issues were West Philippine Sea, traffic, permanent employment, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and peace in Mindanao.

    Here’s a review of some of the more substantial answers, or we should say, promises in our last presidential debate.

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    On health

    Vice President Jejomar Binay: 
    “Sa akin, lahat ng barangay magkakaroon ng barangay health center. Lahat ng barangay health center kumpleto sa gamit at lahat ng barangay health center magkakaroon ng isang barangay health worker.”

    Senator Grace Poe: 
    “Pag ako naging Pangulo, sisiguraduhin ko na ang mga mahihirap zero billing sa mga ospital. Sapagkat ngayon sa ating Philhealth kailangan pa rin may out of pocket.”

    Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago: 
    “We should stop the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office from demanding a letter of recommendation from a politician before they attend to a request for funding for the poor. Number two, I oppose the privatization of hospitals because it drives the cost of medicines upward.”

    On the West Philippine Sea

    Defensor-Santiago:
    “Sa legal na paraan kung nandiyan sila sa ating katubigan at kinukuha pa ang isda natin, kamukha ng sinasabi ko ng Immigration Commissioner ako, tatawagin ko ang coastguard, bombahin ko ‘yung mga ‘yun (China).”

    On solving traffic

    Binay:
    “Kaya yung mga plano plano sayang lang yan kung walang karanasan magpatupad at walang kakayahan magpatupad. Balak ko ho paghatiin ‘yung DOTC.”

    Former interior secretary Mar Roxas: 
    “Nais ko lang tukuyin yung sinabi ni Vice President Binay na hahatiin niya ‘yung DOTC. In fact, sa isang malawakang pag-aaral isang dahilan kung bakit ma-traffic sa Metro Manila ay dahil hiniwalay ‘yung DOTC, ‘yung transport doon sa DPWH. Kaya hindi magkatugma ang plano.”

    On employment 

    Mayor Rodrigo Duterte:
    “The moment I assume the presidency contractualization will stop. They have to stop it…that is an injustice committed against the people of the Republic of the Philippines.”

    Roxas:
    “Makakaasa ka sa loob ng tatlong buwan matapos ang pagupo ko bilang pangulo matatapos ang endo (end of contract).”

    Binay:
    “Alam mo...habang ikaw ay walang trabaho, eh, magagamit ba naman ‘yung savings mo? Kasi ako hindi ko lang bababaan ah, tatanggalin ko ang income tax, ha.”

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    On supporting OFWs

    Poe:
    “Ang aking gusto talagang gawin ay ihanda ang ating ekonomiya para kung gusto ninyo umuwi ay may trabaho kayo… Maraming nililikha na problema dahil nawawalay sa pamilya. Bilang nanay, bilang babae, gusto ko magsama-sama na tayo.”

    Binay: 
    “Sa aking pong pamumuno magkakaroon po ng pension plan o pera sa OFW. Aalisin po natin ‘yung pa-membership fees sa OWWA, gobyerno na po ang sasagot.”

    Defensor-Santiago:
    “The best way we can help OFWs is not to make it a necessity for them to leave. Puwede sa kanilang option, but not a necessity. That’s why we need to build up our own strong economy.”

    On their closing statements

    Binay:
    “Galing po ako sa kahirapan. Marunong po ako maglaba, marunong po ako mamalengke, marunong po ako mamalancha. Bilang Pangulo, lagi kong i-isipin kung paano ko maiaangat ang buhay ng Pilipino.”

    Defensor-Santiago:
    “We are not looking for an ordinary leader or an ordinary manager or administrator. We are looking for the President of the Philippines.”

    Duterte:
    “Corruption must stop. If I have the presidency for 2 weeks tapos walang sususnod then even if you give me ten years I will not be able to do it.”

    Poe:
    “Mga kababayan, ang mga babae ay mapagtimpi, ang mga babae ay pasensyosa, ang mga babae ay mapagmahal. Pero pag nilagay mo sa alanganin ang mga mahal nito sa buhay ang mga babae ay hindi sumusuko.”

    Roxas: 
    “We are a generous people, we are warm, we are loving. Mapagbigay tayo. Ang magulang isusubo na lang ibibigay pa sa anak. We do with so much less because we want our children to have more. And they deserve more. Every Filipino deserves more.”

    Are you changing your vote based on the last debate? Sound off on the comments below. 

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