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GMA-7 cancels its May 1 'Hamon ng Bise' VP Debate?



MANILA, Philippines - GMA Network has cancelled its scheduled vice presidential debate for the May 2016 elections dubbed as 'Hamon ng Bise,' various reports have confirmed few days before the supposed live airing.

Vice Presidential candidates for May 2016 elections.
Vice Presidential candidates for May 2016 elections. Photo Credit: CNN Philippines
The VP debate slated today, May 1, was cancelled as only three of the six candidates have confirmed to GMA-7's invitation.

"Out of the six candidates, campaign teams pa lang nila Leni Robredo, Alan Peter Cayetano, and Antonio Trillanes ang nakapagcommit," a report from Media Newser Philippines said.

"Hindi na siya magiging debate kung kalahati lang ang lalabas kaya shelved na ang debate," the report added quoting its unnamed source.

Meanwhile, GMA-7 has no statement yet regarding the issue of cancellation or possible re-scheduling of the event.

"Hamon ng Bise: The GMA Vice Presidential Debate" should have been the second debate to be hosted by the Kapuso Network for the upcoming general elections. In February, GMA-7 hosted the first leg of the "PiliPinas Debates 2016" in Cagayan de Oro City.

CNN Philippines has organized the sole vice presidential debate in the PiliPinas Debates 2016 series on April 10 (all candidates were present) while ABS-CBN hosted its own debate called "Harapan ng Bise" a week after (Senators Bongbong Marcos and Gringo Honasan did not attend).