Who wins


Sunday’s first presidential debate held in Cagayan de Oro City trended online in the country and the world, and for good reason.

It was that rare event—the last televised debate was 24 years ago—when all candidates gathered on stage, abiding by the same rules and limiting their supposedly elaborate platforms to just a few minutes of statements and rebuttals.

Each of the five candidates was able to articulate what his or her presidency would look like, with some doing a more colorful or substantive job than the others. They also took different tacks —some using humor, statistics, criticism, appeal to emotion, to answer the questions and engage their adversaries.