MANILA, Philippines - The second Presidential debate is mired with heated exchanges, comic antics, and personal attacks. Will a Vice Presidential debate have the same entertainment value? Or will it be more engaging and substative? That remains to be seen.
On April 10, CNN Philippines, in partnership with Business Mirror, will organize a vice presidential debate. Those who are expected to participate in the debate are the six aspirants to the position, all of which are incumbent lawmakers. They are Sen. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Francis Escudero, Sen. Gregorio Honasan II, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. ( http://cnnphilippines.com/videos/2016/02/26/Election-Roundtable-The-vice-presidential-race.html3)
Although the 1987 Constitution does not vest in the vice president executive power and has no responsibility other than those assigned by the President (Article VII, Sec. 1), the vice president is considered the second most powerful person in the land because the latter is first in the presidential line of succession. (https://lawphilreviewer.wordpress.com/tag/political-law-constitutional-law-article-vii/)
However, University of the Philippines Professor, Jan Robert Go, believes that what is really at stake is a strategic springboard to the presidency. This is supported by the fact that the country has had 15 presidents, six of whom were former vice-presidents. http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2015/10/15/Whats-a-VPs-role-in-govt.html