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Comelec commissioner: ‘There might be modifications in debate format’ on April 3

The Fee on Elections locations 10 podiums for its “PiliPinas Debates” scheduled on Saturday, March 19, 2022, on the Sofitel Lodge in Pasay Metropolis, even when solely 9 presidential candidates signified their participation within the occasion. John Eric Mendoza/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — Anticipate modifications within the subsequent presidential debate that the Fee on Elections (Comelec) organized for Sunday, April 3, Commissioner George Erwin Garcia stated Tuesday.

“There might be modifications within the debate format this [S]unday. Anticipate extra conflict of wits and the passions might be excessive amongst themselves,” Garcia stated in a message to reporters.

Garcia didn’t give additional particulars on the modifications however stated he would focus on them with members of the media on Thursday, March 31.

The primary Comelec presidential debate on March 19 ran for 3 hours with a single moderator and no stay viewers.

The candidate who will reply to the primary query was decided via draw tons whereas succeeding questions had been answered by candidates in alphabetical order.

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Of the ten bets making use of to grow to be the subsequent president of the nation, solely Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. declined to attend the primary Comelec presidential debate.

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As a consequence of not taking part within the Comelec-organized debates, candidates might be restricted from airing their digital rallies on the ballot physique’s platform, in line with spokesperson James Jimenez.

However the ballot physique chair stated they’re looking to impose additional sanctions for debate skippers.


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