Six of the ten presidential contenders have made written commitments to participate in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) PiliPinas Debates, while three others have orally pledged to attend.
As of March 13, 6:00PM, 9 out of 10 Presidential candidates have confirmed participation in the #PiliPinasDebates2022. Catch the debates live online, on TV, & radio.”— James Jimenez (@jabjimenez) March 13, 2022
Mar. 19 / 20 – 1st Pres./VP Debate
Mar. 20 – VP Debate
Apr. 3 – 2nd Pres. Debate
Apr. 23/ 24 – VP/Pres. TownHall pic.twitter.com/rL66atuEu5
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez announced in a tweet on Sunday that the following candidates had written commitments to attend the debates:
- Former Foreign Affairs undersecretary Ernesto Abella
- Labor leader Leody De Guzman
- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso
- Senator Panfilo Lacson
- Former Defense secretary Norberto Gonzales
- Senator Manny Pacquiao
Meanwhile, the following presidential candidates have verbally confirmed their attendance in the debates:
- Businessman Faisal Mangondato
- Lawyer and Doctor Jose Montemayor Jr.
- Vice President Leni Robredo
Meanwhile, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has not confirmed his presence to the Comelec-organized debates, either verbally or in writing.
Jimenez also noted in a separate tweet that the following seven vice presidential candidates have confirmed their attendance for the debate:
- Professor Walden Bello
- Rizalito David
- Manny Lopez
- Dr. Willie Ong
- Senator Francis Pangilinan
- Carlos Serapio
- Senate President Vicente Sotto III
Representative Lito Atienza of the Buhay party-list, Pacquiao’s running mate, has formally rejected to attend due to medical reasons.
Sara Duterte, Marcos’ vice presidential candidate, has not yet confirmed her appearance. She has previously stated that she will not participate in any Eleksyon 2022 debates.
Candidates who refuse to participate in the PiliPinas Debates will not be able to air their electronic rally on the Comelec platform, according to Jimenez.
The presidential debates will take place on March 19th and April 3rd, respectively. On April 23 and 24, town hall meetings for presidential and vice presidential candidates will also take place. All of the events can be viewed online, on television, or heard on the radio. – WhatALife!
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