Jessica Soho Interviews Presidential Candidates—and Becomes the Center of Attention for All the Right Reasons

"Ungkatan ng past?"

Veteran broadcast journalist Jessica Soho became the center of attention during her The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews show Saturday night (January 22) on GMA-7—and for all the right reasons.

Soho was praised for being direct, tough in her questioning, polite, and conducting her interviews backed by solid research. 

Presidential candidates who participated in the show were Leni Robredo, Ping Lacson, Isko Moreno and Manny Pacquiao. Bongbong Marcos skipped the interview because, according to his camp, the award-winning journalist was “biased” against him.

The network came out with a statement defending Soho, saying she’s consistently named “the most trusted media personality in the Philippines,” and epilogued The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews with the statement, “The questions are tough because the job of the presidency is tough.”

Netizens pointed out that “lahat may resibo,” as Soho grilled the candidates, such as Moreno on his SALN and Lacson on his alleged involvement in the double-murder case of publicist Bubby Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito. 

Also stealing the viewers’ attention was the ill-fitting upholstery of the chairs. As one viewer pointed out, “We were tuned in for three hours so it was hard not to be nitpicky after some time.”

Some of Twitter’s best reactions:  

You can’t really escape your past. Even Toni Gonzaga thinks so.

 

Spongebob worships madame.

  

How many screenshots does Jessica Soho have on her phone? The woman’s iCloud must be at least 1 terabyte.

 

Or her house full of filing cabinets.

 

Behind every great interview is a team.

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The devil is in the detail. So is Jessica Soho.

That look says it all?

  

Can this be 2022’s drinking game?

 

Real journalism awards vs….

 

You have to actually be there to sit with them.

 

Presidential candidate Ka Leody de Guzman was not invited, but nevertheless took time to answer questions asked of the candidates on the show.

  

Soho as Dirty Harry. “You've got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

 

When you bring an Army Bomb to your viewing party of one.

 

Mixed messaging on same sex marriage?

 

Stanning Soho.

The other scene stealer.

 

Balimbing? 

 

GMA defends their journalist.

 

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