MANILA, Philippines – The summer heat is here, but not even that could top the sizzling exchange between candidates as they faced off at the 3rd and last Comelec-sanctioned presidential debates in Pangasinan on Sunday, April 24.
As always, expect Filipino netizens to beat the political heat and refresh our social media feed with some humor.
Rappler collects some of the best memes and funniest posts during the presidential debates for your post-debate chill.
Tension between participants is expected during a debate. However, netizens saw a different kind of tension between good friends Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Not even KathNiel nor JaDine can top this iron man-iron lady tandem.
The plot thickened when Senator Grace Poe joined the fray. Are we seeing the next hit telenovela in the making here?
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Philippine government’s Next Top Model
Some of the presidential candidates, namely Vice President Jejomar Binay and Poe, also seemed to have treated the stage as a catwalk.
#PiliPinasDebates2016 Drinking game: take a shot every time Binay doesn't stay in his post and Duterte follows someone else's plan. — Dale (@heyyyDominic) April 24, 2016 What did we learn from VP Binay after this debate? Modeling 101.. #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Vísh Salonga (@MissVishy06) April 24, 2016 I like VP Binay. Is he into modeling? Catwalk pa more. Just saying. #PiliPinasDebates2016 #BilangPilipino — Cyril (@Cyamora) April 24, 2016 Lumalaban ata ng Modeling itong si Binay, alis ng alis sa pwesto. #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Orven (@ItsOrvenOdal) April 24, 2016 AY MAY LAKAD SI GRACE POE!!! MAMAYA MAY SARILI NA SIYANG PROJECTOR AT POWERPOINT HAHAHAHAHA #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Malaysia Soberano (@Cinephilliacy) April 24, 2016
Why not work it if you have it, right?
BatMar, PokeMar, and the 'MewTwoWid na Daan'
During the debate, Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II also made a reference to Batman.
That was pretty cool, until...
Netizens quickly figured out that it wasn't an accurate quotation.
We wonder how The Dark Knight would react to this.
Maybe he meant Mewtwo from Pokemon instead?
Cristine Reyes, the OFW
Another line from Roxas that earned that attention of netizens was the story about an OFW named Cristine Reyes.
Could it be... the Cristine Reyes we all know?
Sa sobrang hirap ng bansa, nag-OFW na si Cristine Reyes. Hay. #PiliPinasDebates2016 pic.twitter.com/lPPy6QrSKk — Malaysia Soberano (@Cinephilliacy) April 24, 2016
Well, that was ineed a very interesting turn of events.
If the Philippines wins the arbitration case on the West Philippine Sea dispute and China does not acknowledge our victory, Duterte mentioned he would go the disputed land riding a jet ski.
Why, you ask? Just imagine how intimidating that would be like, we guess.
Behold, the Punisher...on a jet ski.
OMG #PiliPinasDebates2016 #ctto pic.twitter.com/yPEDGYpTHz — Johannes Medina (@abitvanilla) April 25, 2016
Of course, we should also give credit to the event's unsung hero: the interpreter.
How hard is that job, right?
It's all good when you become an instant 'musica.ly' star.
Good job, netizens.
Of course, for something as important as this presidential debate, people were tuned in to comedian Ethel Booba's live Twitter commentary.
Anak: Nay, pahinging pera. Nanay: Eto gusto mo? Charot! pic.twitter.com/U8pxvN4SWh — Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) April 24, 2016 Ang huling #PiliPinasDebates2016 na ba ang sisira ng pagkakaibigan nyo? Tumutok mamaya sa ABS-CBN. Charot! — Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) April 24, 2016 Kung #SiMiriamAngSagot sino ang GULAMAN? Charot! #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) April 24, 2016 VP Jejomar Binay: Marunong po akong maglaba, mamalantsa. Ako: Hindi po iyan ang trabaho ng isang Presidente. Charot! #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) April 24, 2016 Sayang hindi pala kasama sa FAST TALK ang "Paano po natin mapipigilan ang gyera ng mg supporters nyo sa FB?" Charot! #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) April 24, 2016 May nagpost: Pag nanalo si (Kandidato) pupunta nalang ako sa ibang bansa Ako: Sa SM Aura nga di ka makapunta. Charot! #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) April 24, 2016
And of course, let's end this with a sincere reminder from Ethel.
No matter who wins, they will not fix your life. Better plan on doing it yourself. Charot! #PiliPinasDebates2016 — Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) April 24, 2016
Gabriel Orlina, Lis Fortun, John Paul Laban and Aldrin Brosas are Rappler interns.