Did ABS-CBN leak questions to Mar?

The best answer to the insinuation that “Mar cheated, Mar was too prepared, Mar was given questions beforehand” are the MBC videos.


This is based on a silly accusation – a written caption allegedly appeared before even Mar said it. The easy answer here is simple: Mar just repeated the words he had already said. Watch the replay if you like.

The best answer though to the insinuation that “Mar cheated, Mar was too prepared, Mar was given questions beforehand” are the MBC videos. Here he’s seen talking in front of a community of businessmen, barely glancing at his notes.

1. Here he talks about internet access.

2. Here he talks about institutionalized scholarships for all the valedictorians and top 10 students across the country. “Their poverty will not be a limit to the kind and quality of education they can get.”

3. Here he talks about energy – “dirty energy to clean energy” and how he plans to avail of the Paris concessions against rich polluting countries. This was basis for the coal question he received during the debate.

4. Here he talks about our justice system – how money is lost to delays.“For the poor, justice delayed, justice denied; they won’t have money to keep paying lawyers”. He talks about how the next President will appoint 10 Supreme Court justices which will determine the interpretation of laws.

5. Here he talks about transportation issues hounding the country.

6. Here he talks about his relationship with big business and how he’s fought people in the room – the people who’ve made it –  whether they were involved in pharmaceuticals, airlines, and insurance/pre-need industries. The objective? It was not personal. It was for the good of the country.

7. Here he talks about our countrymen – why our people deserve so much more than what they’re getting

This is Mar at his most natural. This is what happens when you’ve been in government, serving the country without a hint of corruption for the last two decades:


Does this still look scripted to you?

Update I:

The topics for the third presidential debate in Luzon (University of Pangasinan) on April 24 were published as early as January 2016. The topics listed in the GMA News article / COMELEC press release are as follows:

  1. traffic and public transportation
  2. electoral and political reforms
  3. foreign policy
  4. tax reform
  5. national defense

Update II:

Raissa Robles makes her own assessment of the malicious video:

It was clear the post was meant to deceive, provoke and anger a lot of people. Because the first part of Roxas’ sentence was cut away, precisely to give that impression of cheating. You could see the editing was crudely done because the clip did not start at the beginning of the sentence.

It’s the same thing that the Roxas critics did to him in that edited voice clip of his altercation with Tacloban city Mayor Alfred Romualdez. They removed sections that would have explained his very controversial statement which mentioned the words “Romualdez” and “Aquino”.

Update III:

ABS-CBN has come out with its own statement entitled: HOAX: Was typist faster than Mar Roxas?

The spurious clip was still online as of posting, with candidates’ supporters, including those of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, asking the uploader to delete the “embarrassing” video.

“Duterte ako pero sinabi na ni Mar yung ‘Binangga ko ang mga malalaking interes’ a few seconds ago. Kaya naitype na para sa tv screens. Inulit lang nya ulit dun sa parte na yan. Wag magbaliko ng mga katotohanan. Mananalo tayo ng patas #DU30,” said one YouTube user.

“So you may know, I am a valid and solid Duterte supporter. Dear Maam, your video is edited, this must be a 30 seconds video. this his follow-up,” said another person who watched the spurious video.

12 thoughts on “Did ABS-CBN leak questions to Mar?”

  1. Well what will we expect from our opponents they always say that they will make phil.the best country and the safest.but look at this people doing they are making the pinoys tanga by misleading through this mass media.they are making the tuwid na daan liko liko and some bobotante beliv this propaganda.so how do this people attain change and progress in this nation if they were using bad tactics right from the start. Ill go for roro.


  2. When we were watching the debate my wife said see Mar he is writing. I replied , oo nga, nag nonotes din siya handa sa pagsagot. At talagang kahit sa bunotan kung sino mauna magsalita palaging nasa huli siya which this gave him time to prepare. Iba talagakung hand on ka sa sinsabi mo. I finally decided to vote for him.




  4. I Admired, Mar Roxas so much, I believed – his Advocacy and Leadership, you can see it in his eyes that he is really determined toHelp the Country. I have noticed lately that Filipino people don’t have the Culture that we believe in. Maybe because they admired someone who lead them to the wrong path. And Tama xa, its not a question on “How he came in this world , but what He did in his Life. ” That very simple quotes tells All as a Person and of Becoming a President. Its funny sometimes because I dreamed of having a power to conquer the thoughts and feelings of my countrymen to wake up and see the Future of our Country and of our Children if Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo Will lead the country.


  5. Duterte supporters are active in social media because they have nothing to do in life & are therefore the problems of our societry. Whereas Roxas’ supporters are thinking professionals and are always busy with work that they don’t have time to even open their fb accounts & are actively but silentlyvworking for the betterment of this country w/c Mar Roxas strongly upholds


  6. its such a pain that now when we enjoy this absolute freedom of speech, it is also when people are too abusive… some just refused to see the truest person. truth, when spoken from the heart, goes naturally and spontaneously, that’s how i saw it with Mar Roxas last night. win or lose, am with team RORO from start to end!


  7. Tama
    Dami tanga dito satin dapat yang siguro unahin nila nang sa ganun sa matuwid din mga isip dito. Hirap mag explain sa mga di tanga n tulad natin tulungan natin sila mabago.


  8. Maganda din namang pagkasagot ni Sec. Mar si Sen. Meriam baka sabihin ng mga detractors may leakage din doon… hahaisssstttt na paranoid na talaga sila….sumakay na nga kayo sa #RORO para magka peace of mind


  9. Answer to the rumored : DEBATE QUESTIONS LEAK ….
    Mar said the same statements twice (1) 14 sec. and (2) 28 sec.
    The second time was when the statement was posted on TV…


  10. Rubbish! — If he knew beforehand the questions then he could have spaced up his answers to be able to answer all questions within the allotted time. It was the Presidential candidates who finished answering all the questions who had their questions delivered to them pre-debate schedule! And they are, Dutiti, Binay, Poe and Santiago.


  11. Go pa more mga Du30. Your just ruining yourselves and your president. What a shame! Trying to bend all the clear facts to the detriment of your candidate. Naiintindihan n’yo naman, ayaw n’yo lang intindihin. Ano ngayon ang labas n’yo? Walang hospital dyan!


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