LIVESTREAM: 2nd PiliPinas Debates 2016 on TV5 video now up

MANILA, Philippines - The second leg of presidential debate dubbed as "PiliPinas Debates 2016" for the May 9 general elections happens today, March 20, 2016 at the Performing Arts Hall of the University of the Philippines (UP)-Cebu. TV5, the media partner mounts full livestream for this historic event.

2nd PiliPinas Debates 2016 on TV5 video now up

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has partnered with TV5 and the Philippine Star for the highly anticipated Visayas leg of debates.

Catch the livestream of second Pilipinas Debates 2016 at the UP-Cebu here (

Note: The full video livestream courtesy of TV5 and News5 Everywhere is now available on this page.

Meanwhile, here's the live Twitter feed for the second presidential debate of the 2016 elections:

Miriam Santiago skips Comelec-TV5 #PiliPinasDebates2016

The presidential candidates who will have their face offs today are: Vice President Jejomar Binay of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), DILG secretary Manuel Roxas II of Liberal Party (LP); Independent candidate Senator Grace Poe; and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of PDP-Laban.

In a statement, Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago said she will not be attending the debate to undergo a clinical trial to fight her cancer.

"I am very sorry to miss out on the debates, but it would be a disservice to the country if I forego the opportunity to get rid of my cancer completely and strengthen myself further to serve the Filipino people," Santiago said.

Reports said that the presidential hopefuls will arrive at the debate hall at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were also deployed around the campus for their security.

Second presidential debates topics, format

PiliPinas Debates 2016 on TV5 will be "better, with longer hours and less advertisement," Comelec chairman Andres Bautista announced.

This is the answer to complaints received from the first presidential debate last February 21 sponsored by GMA-7 as it drew flak from critics and netizens on its format, long commercial breaks and the effectiveness of the discussions.

This time, the debate proper will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (1 hour longer) and with prelude at 4:30 p.m. Live streaming will be available from 4:30 p.m. on TV5.

TV5 veteran journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdez will serve as the moderator. The panel of interrogators is composed of TV5 news anchor Erwin Tulfo, TV5 public affairs host Lourd de Veyra, Bloomberg TV host Anthony Abad, RMN news anchor Rufill Banoc, The STAR editor-in-chief Amy Pamintuan and associate editor Marichu Villanueva.

Bautista added that the way of questioning will be different for every round. During the first round, the panelist will be questioning the presidential candidates (panel discussion format) and, on the second round, each contender can raise a question against the other debater (one-on-one toss-up).

With the changes, each presidential candidate will have 120 seconds or two minutes – from the previous 90 seconds – to answer questions, and 30 seconds to make a rebuttal.

The topics to be discussed are disaster preparedness, climate change, health care, women's rights, education and fighting corruption.

Pilipinas Debates Schedule

After the Cagayan de Oro and Cebu debates, Comelec will also organize the third and final presidential debate on April 24 at the University of Pangasinan for the Luzon leg. ABS-CBN and Manila Bulletin will serve as media sponsors.

Meanwhile, the vice presidential debate is set on April 10 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) to be organized with the help of CNN Philippines, Business Mirror and Rappler.

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