By Aric John Sy Cua | The Manila Times
THE presidential debate with four candidates hosted by Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) had a huge following on social media.
SMNI reported on Wednesday night that the debate, held on Tuesday at Okada Manila and co-hosted by The Manila Times, was a success.
The hashtag, #SMNIpresidentialdebate, trended on Twitter on Tuesday.
"It is a learning experience watching four dignified gentlemen on the #SMNIPresidentialDebates stage," tweeted @jdzeremiahblues. "Prof. Clarita Carlos and her co-panelists were incisive with scholarly questions, and the candidates responded like true genteel men without casting a shade on one another."
Carlos, a University of the Philippines professor, was among the four panelists during the debate, alongside Times chairman Dante "Klink" Ang 2nd.
"I am sure that the 4 Candidates who cancelled their attendance by the last minutes are regretting their stupid decision and missed their chance to gain support, even if its for the 2nd place," tweeted @modernjuana.
"The last night's presidential debate is well organized, well presented and very formal without any drama. Even the questions are all about current events. This is how mainstream media should learn. Well done SMNI Channel," tweeted @Rated_JBR
On YouTube, SMNI's live stream had 2.5 million views, with its replay having 118,000 views. The Manila Times' YouTube channel's stream of the forum garnered 39,000 views.
On Facebook, the SMNI feed got 2.1 million views and the Times Facebook page received 1.2 million views.
Of the eight candidates invited to the debate, only labor leader Leodegario "Ka Leody" de Guzman, former Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella, former Defense secretary Norberto Gonzales and former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. attended.