All of the six presidential candidates affirm to take an interest into the series of debates organized by the Commission on Election (Comelec). During the meeting of the Comelec officials together with the media organizations and political parties, the camps of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, Liberal Paty standard-bearer Mar Roxas, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, and OFW Club party-list representative Rey Señeres confirmed their commitment to join the debates.
Senator Grace Poe’s name will be included in the official ballots this coming national and local elections, May 9 2016, if and only if the Supreme Court fails to resolve the disqualification cases for her by February 1.
“She’s already on the list. So, the question is whether these cases will be resolved in time to stay with certainty whether she should stay on the list/not,” the Comelec official said.
Comelec Chair Andres Bautista, clarified that it is not mandatory that the presidential candidates must be present at the debates but it is a disadvantage for their part instead to lose the chance if they didn’t join. Because some other voters are into basing their votes in the debates. It is the candidates big opportunity to talk to the public for free.
The debates will run for 2 hours each, including the breaks. There are five to six rounds of questioning with each other. The first debate will be on February 21 to be held at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City to be organized by GMA Network and Inquirer.