Vice presidential #PiliPinasDebates2016: Cayetano, Marcos, Robredo most mentioned on social media

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The only official vice-presidential debate on Sunday (April 10) sent netizens on a tweeting spree, catapulting #PiliPinasDebates2016 to Twitter's top trending lists nationwide and worldwide.

The debate, hosted by CNN Philippines, Commission on Elections (Comelec), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and Business Mirror, received a total of 310,000 tweets from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It even peaked with 2,700 tweets per minute a few minutes before 6 p.m.

Top trending VP bets

Six candidates for the country's second top post square off in the first and only official vice presidential debate.

Vice-presidential hopefuls Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, Sen. Gringo Honasan, Sen. Ferdinand "BongBong" Marcos Jr., Rep. Leni Robredo, and Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV were among the most talked about political figures on Twitter on Sunday.

The three most-mentioned candidates during the start of the debate until a few minutes before the debate ended were Cayetano, Robredo, and Marcos, respectively.

The three candidates' share of voice on Twitter was 32% for Cayetano, 29% for Robredo, and 20% for Marcos. Trillanes received the 8%, Escudero with 6%, and Honasan received 5% share of the tweets.

Twitter noted that Cayetano's lead was due to his heated exchanges with Marcos.

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Robredo, however, boosted her Twitter conversations during her closing statement, which she ended with, "May the best woman win."

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Prior to the debate, from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. of Sunday, Robredo was the most-mentioned bet, receiving 75% of the share.

On Facebook, Marcos was the most-discussed candidate from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with 42%. Cayetano received 37%, while Robredo had 27%. Escudero received 17%, Honasan with 4%, and Trillanes with 3%.

Facebook said the percentages will add up to more than 100% since people may discuss more than one presidential candidate.

Top trending issues

The candidates' stands and solutions on the country's most pressing issues were asked during the debate.

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On Twitter, the most talked about issues were political dynasties (16.4%), traffic and transportation (14.3%), and corruption (13.9%).

On Facebook, it was transparency (74%), social welfare (16%), and economy (9%).

Top tweets

Among the debate's tweets with the highest number of engagement were of those showing Vice President Jejomar Binay booing in the audience while his name was dragged by Trillanes during a corruption discussion, Escudero's manner of speaking, and the quality of the candidates vying for the VP position.

Twitter’s Head for Media Partnerships in Southeast Asia Pratiksha Rao said election debates empower voters to get to know the country's candidates better.

“Debates like this are instrumental in empowering the voters to know their candidates more," she said.