Last weekend, four presidential candidates graced The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews, where Filipinos got to know them a little better. During the program, Senator Ping Lacson, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and Vice President Leni Robredo sat opposite award-winning GMA News journalist Jessica Soho and answered her hard-hitting questions. The program ran for almost three hours, and to say that the program was enlightening is an understatement. Millions of Filipinos got to hear about the candidates’ different platforms, how they stand on certain important state issues, and even get a glimpse of their knowledge and intellect concerning various topics.
Afterward, Filipinos camped on Twitter to share their key takeaways and opinions on the whole thing. But while we’re impressed (or disappointed) with our presidentiables, there was one woman who shone brightly — Ms. Jessica Soho herself. Here are the Internet’s funniest reactions to Soho doing a smashing job like a boss:
Jessica Soho as your thesis panelist
Jessica Soho is THAT thesis panelist
— Eulan (@EulanMaIIari) January 22, 2022
After the program aired, netizens took to Twitter to pour praises on the way Soho handled the interview. Many likened her to that one thesis panelist we all had in college who would ask the hard questions and make us sweat. But it’s only appropriate that those vying for the highest position in the country would be confronted with difficult questions. That way, Filipino voters know exactly who’s worth voting for.
Madam Jessica Soho was asked to do her homework pero thesis ang ginawa ni vakluh!!! #JessicaSohoInterviews
— AltICMendoza (@AltICMendoza) January 22, 2022
Going above and beyond and delivering.
jessica soho nation’s thesis panelist
— pika ⚡ (@binified_) January 22, 2022
GMA really sent one of their best soldiers.
She got receipts
Grabe when Jessica Soho’s team said we got receipts, they aint lying. #JessicaSohoInterviews
— noelle 🍎 #67Gabriela (@MxNoelle) January 22, 2022
Soho didn’t just throw your regular run-of-the-mill average questions for our presidential candidates. She got the receipts and asked them about controversial issues they got caught up in.
Ms. Jessica Soho everytime she pulls receipt “Eto po direct quote galing sa inyo”
MISS MA’AM SAID RECEIPTS!!!!!
— ً (@shmwjd) January 22, 2022
She really put everything on the table.
— MARIA GAGITA #LabanLeni2022 (@danizzii) January 22, 2022
No fake news here.
Multi-awarded journalist shows her skills
IT’S A WRAPPED!!! NOW REPEAT AFTER ME, I BELIEVED IN MADAM JESSICA SOHO SUPREMACY!!! SOLID NG TEAM AT DELIVERANCE MO MADAM!!! I SAY MULTI-AWARDED JOURNALIST THINGS 💅 #JessicaSohoInterviews pic.twitter.com/s0lt521bCy
— avery (@mavensfirstlady) January 22, 2022
We expected nothing less from Soho anyway!
The team behind it
— Zarce 🧣 (@zarceeeee) January 22, 2022
It wasn’t just Soho that deserves the praise for a successful presidential interview. The Internet also commended her hardworking team who probably did tons of research to come up with important questions. Lumipad talaga ang kanilang team!
Jessica Soho and her team writing the questions pic.twitter.com/tl336WuVK5
— 丂卄卂丨 (@kojieshain) January 22, 2022
*Cracks knuckles and gets to work*
malinaw na pagkatapos ng presidential interviews, ang iboboto ko ay si jessica soho
— melvin john #NoMarcosDuterte2022 (@melvinmota_) January 22, 2022
Safe to say the Internet fell in love with her.
Her straightforward questions…
miss Jessica in the Presidential Interviews: pic.twitter.com/Sl9VbJ087X
— Bee (Zhong’li Wanter Era) (@BeeBeePotat) January 22, 2022
Like we said before, presidential aspirants need to be asked the hard questions so their constituents know their intentions. Soho put them in the spotlight and that’s not easy. But how they answer — eloquence, confidence, knowing what they’re talking about — has the power to influence many people to vote for them.
…with a bit of spice
— Winter Taehyungie (@agustd_smiles) January 22, 2022
Whoever said she was biased definitely didn’t watch the interviews.
And finally, that one Netflix mention that had everyone laughing
Tinde ng research team ng #JessicaSohoInterviews!!!! Jessica Soho for Pulitzer Prize in Journalism!!!! “All it took for you to change your [political] stand is a Netflix movie.” QUOTE OF THE YEAR madam pahingahin mo naman kami
— Richard Bolisay (@richardbolisay) January 22, 2022
Everyone paid particular attention to something Lacson said. He previously changed his stance on the death penalty despite advocating for it before. The reason? He saw The Life of David Gayle on Netflix, a story about an activist who set himself up for a crime to prove that innocent people could be wrongly punished. The Internet is simply astounded about how a single Netflix binge could apparently change a presidential aspirant’s opinion on something so important.
jessica soho asking that follow up question pic.twitter.com/nz4WWk2TLo
— ً (@chrsdle) January 22, 2022
Bonus: This one jab
Diumano: Diumattend: pic.twitter.com/SpJ4rGPTOn
— Kiko Saavedra (@kikosaavedra_) January 22, 2022
If you didn’t catch The Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews over the weekend, you can watch it on YouTube anytime.