Luchi Cruz-Valdez caused the debate delay, but it is not her only fault tonight.

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Luchi Cruz-Valdez earned mixed reactions for her performance as a moderator of the second presidential debate

The second debate featuring the candidates running for president this year happened yesterday. It was hosted by TV5 in partnership with the Philippine Star and Rappler and was held at the University of the Philippines – Cebu.

All candidates were present except Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who begged off because she is still undergoing cancer treatment. The debate was scheduled to start by 5:00 PM, but something inexplicable happened that forced it to be delayed by 90 minutes.

At first, a rumor circulated in social media claiming that Senator Grace Poe arrived late for the debate. Apparently in response to mounting criticisms from Filipino netizens, TV5 news anchor Cheryl Cosim had to say on-air that the problem is not with the network but with one of the candidates.

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Luchi Cruz-Valdez earned mixed reactions for her performance as a moderator of the second presidential debate

Here’s what happened: the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay asked TV5 news and public affairs head Luchi Cruz-Valdez if he can have notes and documents with him during the debate. Cruz-Valdez, who was also the debate moderator, said yes. The camp of Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas vigorously protested the set-up. The entire brouhaha caused the 90-minute delay.

But that arguably is not her only mistake tonight. In the first half of the debate, she is noticeably very inefficient as a moderator. For example, she allowed Binay and Poe to talk over each other and go beyond their allotted time when they traded barbs in the opening round. To be fair, she became a lot more active in implementing time limits and in keeping the discussion on-topic in the latter part of the debate.

Despite her shortcomings, Cruz-Valdez’ nevertheless earned praise from netizens for performing a difficult job. To remind everyone, it was initially announced that Erwin Tulfo will be a co-moderator alongside her, so what happened?

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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