Press Release
April 12, 2016

Cayetano won the vice presidential debate - pol analyst

Vice presidential bet Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano nailed the first and only vice presidential debate held at the University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, this was according to a political analyst.

In a radio interview, University of the Philippines professor and political analyst Ranjit Rye concurred with the decision of seasoned journalists and fellow analysts in saying that Cayetano emerged as the winner in all rounds of the debate.

"Bagama't magaling silang lahat may mga lumutang na lubhang magaling talaga. 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," Rye said.

On Cayetano's swipe at Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s claim that he and his family had never been involved in any corruption anomaly, Rye said that Cayetano's aggressive attacks against Marcos were actually not out of 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," Rye added.

Rye further said that Cayetano's good debate performance will convince the undecided to vote for him. He said that it could convert the supporters of his running mate, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a section of which are still undecided on who to vote for the vice presidential race. Rye explained that Cayetano's "boldness and fearlessness" may appeal to Duterte's supporters, who are likewise moved by the tough-talking mayor's same traits.

"I think this is the time na nag-resonate siya ng sobra. I think it'll have a very positive feedback sa kanya," Rye on Cayetano.

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