Comelec releases topics for town hall debates this weekend

By Ferdinand Patinio

April 20, 2022, 5:35 pm

<p>Comelec's presidential debate on April 3, 2022.<em> (PNA photo by Avito C. Dilan) </em></p>

Comelec's presidential debate on April 3, 2022. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dilan) 

MANILA – Electoral reforms and education are among the topics to be discussed at the presidential town hall debates to be held on April 24 in Pasay City, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced on Wednesday.

According to Comelec Commissioner George Garcia, the event which will start at 7 p.m. at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent, Pasay City, is the last presidential event by the poll body for this year's elections.

Other topics include economics and infrastructure with emphasis on the digital frontier.

In the two previous presidential debates, the aspirants who were present were former presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, labor leader Leody de Guzman, Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso, former national security adviser Norberto Gonzales, Senator Panfilo Lacson, businessman Faisal Mangudato, Dr. Jose Montemayor Jr., Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao and Vice President Leni Robredo.

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. was absent in both events held last March 19 and April 3 at Sofitel Hotel Tent in Pasay City.

As for the last vice-presidential town hall debate by the poll body to be held on April 23, Garcia said the discussions will be on social sector issues (underpinning the plight of the vulnerable sectors (Indigenous People, Person With Disability), work force, farmers, overseas Filipino workers, LGBTQ, Women, etc.).

The attendees in the first VP debates held last March 20 were Walden Bello, Manny SD Lopez, Willie Ong, Kiko Pangilinan, Carlos Serapio, and Tito Sotto.

Another VP bet, Lito Atienza has declined to attend the debate due to medical reasons while Sara Duterte was also absent at the said event. (PNA)