HIGHLIGHT: Cayetano's clarity and factual statements made him the PiliPinas Debates 2016 vice presidential winner, according to a University of the Philippines professor and political analyst Ranjit Rye.
Professor Rye concurred with journalists, editors and fellow analysts who said independent candidate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano emerged as winner in the first and only televised debate for VP aspirants.
On attacks launched by Davao City Mayor Duterte's running mate against rival Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Rye said Cayetano's statements about Marcoses' ill-gotten wealth were all with basis.
“Alam ninyo po iyong mga sinabi ni Senator Cayetano, hindi naman sa kanya nanggaling iyan, may fact check iyan e. Accessible iyan sa lahat ng mga reports on the Marcos era na nandiyan. Now, sa usapin ng tagong-yaman, may parte na naibalik, may parte na hanggang ngayon pinaglalabanan pa, at iyon ang mga ipinaglalaban ni Senator Cayetano
("You know the things Senator Cayetano said were not personal, you can fact check them. These are all accessible on reports made about the Marcos era. On the issue of ill-gotten wealth, there were portions returned, and still being fought for, that's what Sen. Cayetano stands for"), the professor said.
The analyst was also most impressed with the young senator who stood out from the rest of great candidates.
“Si Senator Cayetano had a very strong debate performance at mukhang klaro naman na sa debate, siya ang nanalo. Maraming nagsasabi na he differentiated himself very well ("It seems clear that he is the debate winner. Many say that he differentiated hmself very well"), Rye added.
Among those who picked Cayetano as winner in the debate heled last Sunday at the University of Santo Tomas were Rappler editors. He is running with PLP-standard bearer Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
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