President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Friday afternoon took time to answer questions from online citizens for Youtube's World View, a monthly series of live interviews with world leaders.
Moreover, Pinoy netizens were divided in their opinions of how Aquino fielded and answered questions on a variety of topics, ranging from the serious to the whimsical.
Aquino is the first Asian leader to participate in the WorldView program, whose previous subjects include US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Spain Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
Questions and answers
“Mr. President, naniniwala po ba kayo kay Santa Claus? Kung oo, ano po ang wish n’yo ngayong Pasko?" asked 7-year-old Joshua via YouTube.
Aquino responded in stride: "Santa Claus perhaps is a personification of how people see the idea of generosity and idea of caring. It does come out at least for Christians during this period — most particularly and most, shall we say, strongly."
But on a serious note, Aquino was asked, "What are plans to improve the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal?" The question, posted by Jesse from Cavite, was the top rated Tweet as voted by people on WorldView.
Aquino's answer was quick and to the point: "A plan for it, improving both structurally and aesthetically, would be presented to me by Tuesday next week."
The interview took place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, in Malacańang and was conducted by Ross LeJounesse, director of public policy and government affairs for Google Asia Pacific. The President addressed the top-rated questions submitted by online users prior to the 45-minute-long broadcast.
Pinoy netizens divided
A number of netizens who caught the livestream offered their two cents on Twitter. Feedback is generally evenly split between supporters and critics.
"There goes Pnoy again with his THEORETICAL and Philosophical answers.wl akong narinig na CONCRETE answers.yung solusyun talaga," said Antonio Carranza.
"Watched pnoy at youtube.com/worldview. Hes better at interviews than at giving speeches,"
quipped Gabriel Mercado.
— TJD, GMA News