Inquirer hosts forum for senatorial bets



INQUIRER SENATE FORUM The Philippine Daily Inquirer hosts the Senate Forum, a three-part series on senatorial candidates in the May elections. The first is this Wednesday, April 10, at UP Diliman in Quezon City.

MANILA, Philippines — Several senatorial candidates both from the Team PNoy and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) are set for a showdown Wednesday as they participate in the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s first Senate Forum with the topic “How Does the Senate Really Work?”

Reelectionist senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, and Aquilino Pimentel III of the Liberal Party-led coalition, and former senators Richard Gordon, Ernesto Maceda of UNA, and Ramon Magsaysay Jr. of LP will all attend the event.

The event at the University of the Philippines Film Center is open to the public.

This is the first of a series, with two other fora to be held on April 18 in Baguio and on April 26 in Cebu.

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  • joshmale2004

    The public already know the ability of Escudero, Cayetano, Legarda, Gordon and Pimentel. Maceda is okay to include. Why not include the neophytes like JV, Grace Poe, Binay, so the Public will get to know them better and prove their ability in front of public scrutiny. Or better, include the candidates outside the Magic circle of twelve so they can show their wares why they are qualified to be in the Magic 12?
    It would be useless if we pit against one another these politicians already in the Magic 12 as the public already know their ability or popularity irregardless of their ability. Why not give chance to candidates rating poorly probably due to their lack of public exposures brought about by their lack of campaign funds?

    • cogito728sum

      Excellent suggestion Josh! Merci!

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    O bakit UNA at Team Penoy lang paano naman mga baguhan? Kahit sa mga telebisyon at radyo mga artista na tatakbo sa politika sila lagi ang bida.

  • symonwho

    Many candidates for Congress promise a lot. The important question is what are their plans and strategies to convince the majority of Congress e.g. the other 12 senators and 150+ congressmen to agree with their proposed laws to ensure their promises are met. Second is how would they go against vested interests pushing their agenda without sacrificing his/her ability to perform in Congress but still protect the interest of the public. Third question is what is their position on the financial entitlements i.e. pork barrel
    and accountability in Congress.

  • manual47

    “How Does the Senate Really Work?” ……wrong question. The question should be “why the senate does not work”. It’s simple answer…….people running this chamber, most of the time are either corrupt or they are there for the money. So, forget this senate forum as we won’t get a straight answers from these politicians. The best and most important issue they can discuss on the forum is… to eliminate the “pork barrel.”. Let’s see if these politicians will even attend the forum….The Senate has always been a problem since the time of the Romans and became even worse when the “pork barrel” was included in the Philippines political system. It’s one of the main source of “corruptions”…..

    • NegaStarr

      REPHRASE: Assuming the Senate works, how is that work allegedly done?

  • Iyen Dev

    How does a Senator legally steal public money?

  • penoy2012

    It’s simple. We vote for people to occupy seats so that they, in turn, can steal from us, but we vote for them again because they can sing and dance on stage.

  • NelsonBagatsing

    Im excited for this, i want to hear them expecially my favorite senator Loren Legarda, i believe in her advocacies and i know that she can help every filipino citizen with her laws.

    • CarlosAcantillado

      yeah, i like loren legarda too! will vote for her!

  • ClaudineBeretta

    Gusto ko ng mapanuod to, paborito ko talaga ang team pnoy lalo na si loren legarda

    • DanielMarquez

      onga eh, sana manalo sila, sana manalo si loren!

  • JewelAgoncillo

    yan ang inaabangan ko, ang mga paborito ko, gusto ko sa kanila si Loren Legarda!

  • boshog

    Please invite Nancy Binay. Let us see what’s in her brilliant mind

  • Marcial Abila

    Sabi nila ang presidente natin ay abno pero ang gawain pang matino. Ung mga nkalipas na presidente mga normal pero ang mga gawain ay pang abnormal

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