A pastor’s stinging rebuke on ABS-CBN’s handling of Pilipinas Debates in viral OPEN LETTER

A post criticizing the third and last installment of the Pilipinas Debates hosted by ABS-CBN has been doing the rounds online.

Pastor Lapiz viral open letter

Credits to Pastor Lapiz



In a Facebook post shared 1665 times and counting as of Monday afternoon, a netizen identified as Pastor Ed Lapiz published his scorching rebuke on ABS-CBN’s handling of Pilipinas Debates last night.

In the post, Pastor Ed Lapiz laments the poor format followed by ABS-CBN that “limits the opportunity to engage in any meaningful exchange of ideas.”

Pastor Lapiz described the Pilipinas Debates yesterday as a “made-for-television-show” and not a debate.

In other words, the Pilipinas Debates was full of drama and sound bytes; nothing more than an exercise to showcase the candidates ability to talk fast and state their case at a limited time.

Pastor Lapiz also took a dig at the way the candidates were made to queue up to answer a question. This he said, is designed for TV consumption.

He even joked that if all candidates would go with him, he would have shepherded the candidates away from the Pilipinas Debates out of pity because they were obviously exploited with that kind of productions.

In addition, Pastor Lapiz also noticed how the guests were exploited to add more production value to the show.

The outspoken Pastor Lapiz aptly described into one sentence how ABS-CBN made use of the various delegates and quote:

But needless to say, the various delegations were reduced to serving like sophomoric high school cheering squads.

Before ending his post, Pastor Lapiz offered a suggestion to make the future debates beneficial to the Filipino voters and the to the candidates by having the Comelec or an NGO organize the debates not the COMMERCIAL NETWORKS especially if they have a favored candidate running for an important position. Just allow the TV networks to provide the coverage.

DAPAT COMELEC ALONE o neutral NGO ang mag-conduct ng mga ganyang debates, hindi commercial networks, lalu na kung sakaling mayron silang mga manok o alagang candidate/s.

Please read the FULL TEXT of Pastor Lapiz’s post below:

SINO ang winner sa “debates” daw”? Eh di ang network!
Loser ang candidates and the live audience (kasama ang Tito).
Loser ang candidates who travelled all the way to the venue
tapos bibigyan ng very limited time to talk.


PINAPUNTA PA NILA?!

Halos pagsabungin a la drama episode.

Puro sound bites lang ang puedeng magawa sa limitadong minutes or seconds na binibigay nila.

Debate ba yun?

Pila-pila sa pagsagot ng mga tanong designed for TV consumption.

Pabilisan ng bibig.

IT WAS NOT A DEBATE as debates should be; there was no opportunity to engage in any meaningful exchange of ideas.

It was more of a made-for-television SHOW.

Kung sasama lang sa akin ang lahat ng kandidato,hihilahin ko sila pababa ng stage kasi nae-exploit lang sila ng ganyang productions.

Pati mga guests ng candidates nagamit din. Inilgay sa bleachers by team, then encouraged to cheer their respective favorites. May production value nga naman; nagdagdag ng sound, texture and flavor to the show. But needless to say, the various delegations were reduced to serving like sophomoric high school cheering squads.

DAPAT COMELEC ALONE o neutral NGO ang mag-conduct ng mga ganyang debates, hindi commercial networks, lalu na kung sakaling mayron silang mga manok o alagang candidate/s.


Tapos, puede na lang dapat i-cover ng networks —pero hindi nila controlled at hindi nila production.

Do you agree with the Pastor Lapiz astute observation of last night’s Pilipinas Debates?

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