Candidates should prepare themselves whenever they face the media for interviews, Vice President Jejomar Binay said in a forum at the University of Batangas on Thursday.
Binay made the remark in the wake of opposition senatorial candidate Alma Moreno's recent television interview, which became viral for what netizens believe were less than satisfactory answers for one aspiring for a national post.
The opposition standard-bearer, however, said in a news conference that it was wrong for netizens to bash Moreno.
Pressed for comment on what he thought of Moreno's interview, Binay said he wasn't able to catch it on TV.
"Pag nilalait hindi naman tamang nilalait. Pero ang problema hindi ko nakita," Binay said.
"Alam mo ang tama o mali sa pagsagot, subjective yun. Depende yun. Merong pupuna, merong lalait. May pupuri," he added.
Moreno, a Parañaque City councilor, on Thursday admitted being ‘hurt’ by the public's harsh reactions to her controversial TV interview last week.
Interviewed by GMA News, a teary-eyed Moreno said the incident has taken its toll not only on her but also on her family, who she said also felt slighted by the deluge of memes and comments generated by the now much-lampooned interview.
In the TV interview that tackled her senatorial bid, Moreno could be seen having a hard time responding to questions on a range of issues, from same-sex marriage, discrimination, and tax cuts to the Reproductive Health Act and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.
She claimed having "reservations" over the RH Law, but could not cite one when pressed for specifics. "Kailangan pa bang sagutin [yan]?" she instead asked.
Meanwhile, in her Instagram account, the interviewer, broadcast journalist Karen Davila, defended her questioning of Moreno after several netizens accused her of being harsh to the Parañaque official.
“When someone is running for higher office - they must have an understanding of issues. This is a standard we owe to the Filipino people," she said.
She also said she "tried to help" by using Tagalog instead of English many times just to be able to keep the conversation easyflowing. -NB, GMA News