Jessica Soho asking hard-hitting questions is oddly satisfying


Have you ever experienced an oddly satisfying moment? You know, that dopamine rush you get when the DVD logo hits the corner of the TV at the right spot, or when you’re listening to an ASMR podcast before bedtime? It’s borderline unexplainable why it tickles you the right way.

After last weekend’s presidential interviews, we can add Jessica Soho grilling politicians to our list of triggers. The award-winning journalist invited four of the top five presidential candidates for an evening of hard-hitting questions – and it was the most satisfying piece of content of 2022 so far.

The show wasn’t your typical ‘pabebe’ questions that your pseudo-Oprahs love to peddle. This was a no-holds-barred sitdown that dared to ask the most pressing issues, reflecting the public’s thoughts that will determine the country’s future mere months from now.

‘Are you a traditional politician?’ ‘Do you really hate gays?’ ‘How could you talk about unity when you can’t even unify your own party?’. These accusations have been hurled ad nauseam on social media by both critics and trolls, and finally getting answers is a relief.

Props to the candidates for taking the Qs on the chin (those who didn’t chicken out anyway). Below are the best bits that got a dopamine rush out of us.

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What. A. Legend.

Ping Lacson radiating chaotic energy

We don’t know what Senator Lacson had for breakfast, but he woke up and chose violence. Or to be the wildcard, at least.

While other candidates chose to be diplomatic during the ‘isang salita’ segment, Lacson wasn’t holding back, reacting ‘NAKO’ to China, ‘Sayang’ to President Duterte, and ‘Sayang Pera’ to the infamous Dolomite beach. The former police general also confused everyone when he credited his newfound stance on the death penalty to a Netflix movie, not to his extensive career as a lawman.

Still, having the guts to address ‘hostile questions’ about his career deserves a nod of recognition in our book. The same can’t be said for every candidate, after all.

Leni Robredo being badass

Many things have been said about VP Leni Robredo, both good and bad, but one underrated aspect of hers is her skill in public speaking. The VP is a quick wit who gives effective responses without stumbling.

When asked about her relatively short stint in politics, Robredo cites she has been a public servant for way longer, thanks to her role as a development worker for the poorest of the poor. When criticized for being ‘weak,’ she listed her accomplishments, including winning the VP race despite being the only woman and having limited resources.

And when asked that no independent candidate has ever won the presidency, she responds with ‘there’s a first time for everything.’

What a mad lad.

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Isko Moreno was poor and is from Manila

Here’s a challenge: Take a drink everytime Mayor Isko Moreno says the word ‘skwater’ or ‘tulad/kagaya sa Maynila’. You’ll have alcohol poisoning in no time.

Jokes aside, Isko banked heavily on his ‘Batang Tondo’ image and his accomplishments in Manila, promising to replicate these on a national scale (sounds familiar). Other standout moments include justifying his political butterfly tendencies as the best way to help the people, and simplifying the Philippines’ myriad of problems to a feud between two families.

All through it all, Isko plays it as a cool, tough-talking, populist Mayor who promises that change is coming. Again, it feels like we’ve seen this before.

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Manny Pacquiao as the ‘voice of God’

Manny Pacquiao’s charitable works are commendable; everything else is debatable. There is a sense that Pacquiao has a genuine desire to help on a national scale, but his vision also screams naivety. His plan to eradicate homelessness in 6 years sounds a lot like ‘getting rid of corruption in 3 to 6 months.’

Plus, him chalking up his decisions to God is a red flag. There’s nothing wrong with being religious, but the presidency comes with problems that demand practicality more than faith. When asked why he’s not in favor of same-sex marriage, Pacquiao says it’s against the word of God. In the same vein, he says he has mended fences with the LGBT community despite his previous statements.

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