18 Best Quotes From The PiliPinas 2016 Vice Presidential Debates

It was arguably the most entertaining and informative debate yet.

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On Sunday, the six candidates for the vice presidency finally clashed in epic fashion during the vice presidential debates held and hosted by CNN Philippines at the España campus of the University of Santo Tomas.

It was the only vice presidential debate from the scheduled PiliPinas 2016 events but it arguably proved to be a lot better than two presidential debates that transpired before it.

The debate tackled various topics of national interest including issues on corruption, political dynasties, human rights, and peace and order to name a few.

Below are some of the memorable quotes and witty remarks uttered by the candidates during the three-hour event.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
Running mate: Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

1. “Senator Marcos, nasaan ka kapag korapsyon ang pinag-uusapan? Wala ka sa mga hearing.
– Cayetano to Marcos

2. “Pag BBL ang ginawa, ayaw ng MNLF. Pag ito ang ginawa ayaw ng NPA. It is only federalism payag ang NPA, payag ang MNLF, payag ang gobyerno, payag po ang mga sundalo.
– Cayetano on peace and order

3. “Nais ko ng isang Pilipinas na walang gulo, na ligtas, na malaya sa droga, korapsyon at krimen. Iyan po ang gusto namin ipaglaban ni Mayor Duterte. Sabi po nila, hindi namin kaya. We will try and we will die trying to give it to you in three to six months.” – Cayetano’s closing statement

Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero

Running mate: Senator Grace Poe

1. Imbes na patayin ‘yung nagugutom, dapat ang patayin natin kagutuman sa ating bansa.
– Escudero on the Kidapawan incident

2. “Ako po, siyam na taon akong walang PDAF sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni Arroyo dahil lamang pinaglaban ko ang katotohanan at kalayaan ng ating halalan.” – Escudero to Robredo

3. “Kapag mabilis ang internet speed dito sa ating bansa, hindi na po kayo magte-text o tatawag, Viber na o kung anong application ang gagamitin ninyo kaya ayaw nilang gawin.” – Escudero on internet speed

Senator Gringo Honasan
Running mate: Vice President Jejomar Binay

1. “We must recognize right to life, basic services: food, clothing, shelter, education, health services. That will solve or begin to solve the problem.” – Honasan on peace and order

2. “Bilang sundalo po at rebelde, paulit-ulit ko pong itinaya ang aking buhay. Ako'y isang tapat, hardworking na mambabatas. Pero ang pinakamahalaga ko pong qualification, ako ay mabuting padre de  pamilya at asawa, isang mabuting ama at kapag tinanong nyo ang mga apo ko, ako ang the best na lolo.” – Honasan on his qualifications to be elected as VP

3. “Hindi na natin pwedeng ihiwalay ang ating bansa sa ating tahanan, ang ating pamilya sa ating mga kababayan. Kaya kailangan po umuwi tayo sa isang bansa, isang pamilya na malaya, malakas at ligtas palagi.” – Honasan’s closing statement

Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr.
Running mate: Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

1. “Kung may ebidensya man laban sa akin, alam natin gagamitin ng pamahalaan ito. You must remember, I am a Marcos and the president is an Aquino.” – Marcos on corruption issues

2. “I cannot give what I do not have.” and “I will apologize for myself, not my father.
 – Marcos on their family’s ill-gotten wealth and his father’s martial rule

3. “What the country needs now are better leaders, leaders that seek to unite, not to divide, leaders that look to the future, not to the past.” – Marcos’ on what the country needs

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo
Running mate: Former interior secretary Mar Roxas II

1. “Sa aking pag-iikot sa buong bansa, nagiging maliwanag na sa akin ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito ngayon. Pakiramdam ko, buong buhay ko ay paghahanda [sa serbisyo publiko].
– Robredo on her reason to run as VP

2. ‘Excited na akong manalo, hindi para sa sarili ko, pero para sa ating mga kababayan na umaasa na mayroong mamumuno sa kanila na hinding-hindi sila papabayaan.” – Robredo on serving the country

3. “Isa po akong ina, at hindi ko po papabayaan ang aking mga anak, hindi ko po papabayaan ang bayan. Naniniwala po ako sa dulo ng lahat, ang tama ang parating nananaig. Sa aming anim, may the best woman win.” – Robredo’s closing statement

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV
Running mate: No official tandem but endorses Senator Grace Poe as president

1. “Nakita ko po ang mga dokumento at sa aking paniniwala na si Vice President Binay ay nangurakot. Nobody can change that, yan po ang aking paniniwala.” – Trillanes on corruption

2. “Iyong Davao City, fourth siya sa highest na krimen dito sa bansa. So kung hindi mo nga natapos, hindi natapos ni Mayor Duterte na more than 20 years iyong krimen sa kanyang bakuran… papaano niya sasabihin na six months?” – Trillanes to Cayetano

3. “Ang kailangan po natin ay isang Vice President na buo ang tapang na haharap at babanggain sila.” – Trillanes on what kind of VP the country needs

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