MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The national debate hosted by CNN Philippines confirms nine presidential candidates and eight vice-presidential candidates in attendance during the event. The UniTeam tandem, Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte, will not be making an appearance.
On February 27 (Sunday), CNN will be hosting a national debate for the presidential candidates for elections 2022. Meanwhile, a vice-presidential debate will also commence the previous day, February 26 (Saturday).
Among the ten presidential aspirants, nine accepted the invitation. These are:
- Senator Manny Pacquiao
- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno
- Vice President Leni Robredo
- Senator Ping Lacson
- Labor Leader Leody de Guzman
- Jose Montemayor Jr.
- Former defense chief Norberto Gonzales
- Ex-presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella
Meanwhile, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., or BBM to his supporters, will not attend the debate to a conflict of schedule.
Previously, Marcos also denied the invitation to the Jessica Soho Presidential Interviews and Kapisana ng Broadkaster ng Pilipinas Presidential Forum. The main reason for this decision is in line with Marcos’ desire to not attend any forums or debates that will lead to “bickering” with other candidates.
Meanwhile, among the nine vice-presidential candidates, eight will be attending the debate on February 26. These are:
- Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza
- Willie Ong
- Sen. Kiko Pangilinan
- Senate President Tito Sotto III
- Ex-congressman Walden Bello
- Manny SD Lopez
- Rizalito David
- Carlos Serapio
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, the running mate of Marcos, will not be attending the event. There are no statements released explaining the decision of her camp. CNN Philippines reported that they sent the invites separately to both Marcos and Duterte.
CNN Philippines National Debate Details
The debates will be hosted at the University of Santo Tomas from 5pm to 7pm, and can be witnessed in-person or online.
Vice presidential candidates will meet on February 26, Saturday while presidential aspirants will assemble on February 27, Sunday.
They will air live on CNN Philippines Free TV Channel 9, or the audience can watch the livestream on cnnphilipppines.com or their official Facebook Account. – WhatALife!