Comelec to wait for bets’ confirmation of attendance in debates until Apr. 26 | Inquirer News

Comelec to wait for bets’ confirmation of attendance in debates until Apr. 26

/ 01:34 PM April 24, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will wait for the confirmation of the presidential and vice presidential candidates’ attendance in its organized debate until Tuesday, April 26.

Comelec Commissioner George Garcia on Sunday said that currently, the vice presidential and presidential debates will push through on April 30 and May 1.

ADVERTISEMENT

READ: Comelec bares topics for presidential, VP town hall debates

“Hanggang sa kasalukuyan, matutuloy po tayo. Binigyan po namin ang aming sarili, kasama po ang Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), hanggang Martes man lang upang makuha namin ‘yung pag-sang-ayon o hindi pag-sang-ayon, ‘yung pag-convey nila sa amin ng kanilang mensahe kung sila ay makakadalo o hindi,” Garcia said on TeleRadyo’s Balita.

FEATURED STORIES

(To date, we will continue. We gave ourselves, together with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, until Tuesday to get their agreement or disagreement, to convey if they can attend or not.)

Initially, the vice presidential and presidential debates were respectively scheduled on April 23 and 24.

However, it was postponed after Impact Hub Manila, Comelec’s partner for the debates, failed to pay worth P14 million to Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila — the venue of the event.

READ: Comelec reschedules presidential, VP debates to April 30, May 1

According to Garcia, the KBP — who will help the commission for the rescheduled debates — requested that all candidates be present.

“Isa sa pinakiusap sa atin ng KBP ay kung pupwede sana ay ‘yung kumpleto ‘yung kandidato. Syempre hindi naman dahil du’n sa gastos at preparasyon pero kahit paano naman masigurado lamang ‘yung malawakan nilang coverage ay magiging maganda naman at maayos dahil nandu’n ang lahat ng mga kandidato,” the commissioner said.

(One of the requests of KBP is to have all candidates attend. Not because of the expenses and preparations but to provide a smooth and wide coverage for all candidates.)

ADVERTISEMENT

Some candidates have expressed that they would not be able to attend the rescheduled event, Garcia shared.

READ: Lacson, Sotto to likely skip rescheduled Comelec debates

He, however, remains hopeful that their decisions will change.

“Subalit tayo ay umaasa na baka sakali naman sa mga susunod na araw hanggang Martes man lang, magbabago ang kanilang mga desisyon. So, nirerespeto natin ‘yun,” said Garcia.

(We are hoping that maybe by Tuesday, their decision will change. So, we respect that.)

je
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Comelec, Elections, George Garcia, town hall debates
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.