News5 Chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes, who moderated the much-awaited TV5 PiliPinas Debate on Sunday, drew widespread praise on social media for the way she handled the second leg of the national presidential debates.
From then on and throughout the entire debate, she demonstrated toughness and willingness to go after the candidates, i.e. asking Senator Grace Poe to stick to the debate rules during her face-off with Liberal Party's Mar Roxas.
Within and outside the industry, comments about her performance range from praises from her media colleagues — from the likes of ANC's Teddy Boy Locsin Jr., GMA-7's Lyn Ching Pascual and Love Añover, and ABS-CBN's Jeff Canoy — to memes created by netizens.
The clear winner in this 2nd #PiliPinasDebates2016 is News5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes (@Luchitweet ). She nailed it! 👏 pic.twitter.com/ZU0QrtjMaZ— MediaNewser.com (@MediaNewserPhil) March 20, 2016
go Luchi! stand your ground. galing!— LYN CHING 莊綿綿 (@Lynching7) March 20, 2016
Luchi for Principal of the Year #PiliPinasDebates2016— Jeff Canoy (@jeffcanoy) March 20, 2016
Whether her commanding performance at the debate gives her shows a boost in the ratings remain to be seen. For now, Cruz-Valdes has a lot of momentum moving forward as TV5's news chief.
Photos courtesy of TV5 and Trish Roque | Pilipinas Debates' logo courtesy of COMELEC