Debates needed for wise choice, says Angara


Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara. RYAN LEAGOGO/

MANILA, Philippines—Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara on Friday challenged his fellow senatorial candidates to a debate on relevant national issues in an effort to help voters make informed decisions on election day.

Angara made the remark weeks after United Nationalist Alliance senatorial bet and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s daughter Nancy Binay turned down Risa Hontiveros’ invitation to battle it out with her on stage, saying she needs the remaining time in the campaign period to reach out to voters.

“Kung kampanya pa lang ayaw mo na magsalita, paano pa kung nakaupo ka na? Ano yun, sa committee on silence ka (If you refuse to speak out on the campaign trail, what would happen when you win a Senate seat? Would you join the committee on silence?)” Angara said in a statement.

“Aside from ads and sorties, debate is an effective channel for voters to know and understand the advocacies of candidates and their stand on the most pressing issues of the country. So I call on some candidates who still avoid participating in debates to join in,” he added.

Angara, a Harvard University alumnus, said debate is considered a de facto election process in the United States, especially during presidential elections.

“It has become customary for the Democratic and Republican candidates in the United States to face off late in the election cycle. It aims to guide the undecided voters, those who tend not to be partial to any party, on whom to choose. In fact, some elections have been decided by these debates,” Angara said.

Consistently making the top 12 in the surveys, the younger Binay said there will be plenty of time to debate when she’s already in the Senate. Administration candidate Hontiveros, on the other hand, has yet to break into the winning circle.

“Debates are really necessary. I try my best to attend every debate or forum that I am invited to. I hope my cocandidates realize the significance of the process,” Angara said.

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  • punto_lang

    Hehehe! Ridiculous. She will head the committee of silence sitting there waiting for her salary, banuses, perks/allowances, CDFs, cuts, gifts to name a few. Wake up Philippines. Piliin ang karapat-dapat na kandidato at mamili ng mga hindi TRAPO.

  • rolando mendoza

    magaling nga sa debate pero tamad naman eh wala rin.

    • DoReMiFaSoliman

      sino tamad? troll ka ba?

  • kontra_boohaya

    Bosing mo ngang pnoy e di nakipagdebate aasahan mo bang mga kandidato na luluntag sa debatehan? Karamihan sa mga botante e di naman pumapansin sa kakayanan ng isang kandidato kundi kung “magkano” ang pamudmud.

    • ike1684

      bkit ganyan ka ba? ikaw ba yung taong pera ang katapat ng boto mo? ayaw mkipagdebate ni pnoy? kelan ka ba pinanganak at wala kang alam? at least ang team pnoy lahat willing mkipagdebate eh ang una? takot nga si nancy.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * *
    “Angara, a Harvard University alumnus. . . .”

    So is the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski. And, Jeffrey Skilling, of Enron “fame.” To name some still serving time in US prisons.

    Integrity, honesty, and dedication to public service do not, cannot, come from degrees obtained from prestigious schools, domestic or foreign. On the contrary, when politicians hold such degrees, one can almost be sure that the same were pursued only for personal prestige, and for the deliberate purpose of enhancing one’s image (their twisted concept of it) in the eyes of the less-discriminating bulk of the electorate.
    _ _ _ _

  • antlagdamn

    nothing wrong with seeing a little debate here and there

    • corymoran

      i think its important because it shows

      1.) if they are up to date with the current events of our country

      2.) if they can actually formulate plans to deal with these problems

      3.) and most important it shows if they can handle it on their own without different people putting things in their minds. whats the use of voting for someone whos gonna ask other people to solve his problems?

  • ike1684

    makikipagdebate pag nasa senate na? malaking panlilinlang sa tao yan. ayaw niya ipakita kung may kakayahan sya sa debate? o takot malaman ng taong bayan na wala syang alam o panalo sa debate? magdadagdag na naman ba tau ng silent committee tulad nina bong revilla at lito lapid? nancy kung ayaw mong mkipagdebate, sana hindi ka na lang tumakbong senador ang tigas kasi ng mukha mo.

  • Bernahdet_Sembraknow

    Sa sobrang dami ng mga ibinatong black propaganda kay Chiz Escudero, lumabas na wala talagang naniniwala dito. It means nagsayang lang sila ng oras.

  • Guest

    Tama ka! Baka nga makatulong pa ang black propaganda na yan kay Chiz. Dalawa lang yan, either No. 1 siya or No. 2

  • Castronaut

    wala naman problema sa debate, maganda nga un para malaman natin ang kakayahan ng bawat candidates.

    • TylerZO

      That’s right.. dahil jan di tau mahihirapan sino pipiliin natin iboto sa eleksyon dahil nakita natin ang kanilang kakayahan

  • vanibee

    hahaha ayaw ni nancy binay makipagdebate,, alam na! dahil alam nyang magigisa sya! :))

    • Janinskie

      ANO Ba naman Kc Ang Isasagot nyan,, experience nya sa munisipyo sa 2long ng dad nya? hihihihi

  • Guest

    Wala namang anak o hobby itong sa Alan Cayetano
    pero 6 lang ang naipasa na batas sa loob ng 6 na taonm Di hamak na mas masipag
    si Lito Lapid

  • YoungGen

    Go on, debate on your platforms of governance. Hindi puede ang popularity o name recall lang. Kaso nga, gusto man namin ng change, wala na rin tatakbo pang iba, nakita lang mga pangalan nyo, ayaw na. Wala na rin talagang other options available sa amin.

  • Goodluck Jonathan

    Mr. Noo…kie Angara you are not in the USA for challenging a debate to fellow senatorial candidate. Once you win for a Senate seat, then challenge your fellow senator to a debate in the Senate floor.

    • acaldejr

      OMG! Angara is just citing an example of the good effect of debates before election. Get mo?

      • Goodluck Jonathan

        What beneficial for nonsense debate. Debate is not the measuring required to do something or make voters informed. They are mocking only. Just take a look at Erap & Lim debate. Nonsense…
        Who has a good numbers of bill that passed into law? I think no other than Mr. Lito Lapid. He is not good debater, but good law maker.
        This noo…kie Angara wants to mock only in a debate. What laws had he done while he was in Congress? Any beneficial to an ordinary citizen?

  • Guest

    Debates are only good if politics and parties are based on party-programs. Right now debates are mostly used to throw mud at each other..Real debates should go about issues that keep our society from progressing, like how candidates plan to solve issues like environment, education, healthcare. And these party-programs should serve as contracts between the voter and the candidate. I recently sent a list with issues to the senatorial candidates and I asked them what their vision is. No one had the guts to reply. The issues were for example: dynasties, RH, Education, poverty, environment, monopolies etc…Guess..No answer from anyone..This shows that they are sitting there for their own convenience..Just vote wise…

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