All 6 candidates to attend VP debate at UST
All candidates vying for the vice presidency have confirmed their attendance to the Commission on Elections-initiated debate on Sunday.
Organizers on Friday said the six candidates—Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Antonio Trillanes IV; and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo—will be present at this year’s only debate for vice presidential bets.
The event, organized by CNN Philippines, will be held at University of Santo Tomas’ Quadricentennial Pavillion from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
It will be open to the general public who will only need to show their identification cards upon entering the venue.
Pal Marquez, vice president for news and current affairs of CNN Philippines, said the debate would be in dual moderator and town hall format.
Among the topics that will be tackled during the debate are corruption, poverty, political dynasties, human rights, peace and order, traffic and other urban problems, connectivity and foreign policy. The candidates will also be asked about the belief that vice presidents are just “spare tires” of the chief executive.
Gates to the debate venue will open at 1 p.m. while candidates are expected to arrive at 3 p.m.
A 500-seater media center will be provided for journalists while around 150 supporters for each candidate will be allowed inside the debate hall.
INQUIRER.net, one of the organizers of the first presidential debate, will cover the event and deploy more than 40 student volunteers inside the campus. RC
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