LIVESTREAM: Comelec PiliPinas Debates 2022 for presidential candidates

MANILA, Philippines – Nine out of ten presidential candidates in Election 2022 will face off in the first of three presidential debates presented by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

LIVESTREAM: Comelec PiliPinas Debates 2022 for presidential candidates

The much-awaited event dubbed "PiliPinas Debates 2022: The Turning Point", moderated by veteran journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdes, is set at 7 pm tonight at the Sofitel Harbor Garden tent in Pasay City.

SEE ALSO: Comelec PiliPinas Debates 2022 schedule, where to watch, livestream

The first debate will revolve around two (2) important issues - pandemic and the economy.

SEE ALSO: LIVESTREAM: Comelec PiliPinas Debates 2022 for VP candidates

“These are the two biggest things on the minds of everyone right now. We’re looking at a continuing problem in the pandemic, and the economy is a good frame with which to discuss the pandemic because of its effect on the economy,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said on Friday, March 18.

Comelec also prepared 20 questions for the 2.5 hours debate proper.

Guests will be given 90 seconds to answer a question, 30 seconds for a rebuttal, and 30 seconds for a rejoinder.

Comelec also includes empty podium on stage for debate skipper to symbolize absence of the candidate.

Presidential bet Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. chose not to participate in the debate as he will be “on the field” on Saturday according to his spokesperson.

Confirmed guests are Vice President Leni Robredo, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Senator Ping Lacson, former presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella, labor leader Leody de Guzman, former defense chief Norberto Gonzales, businessman Faisal Mangondato and cardiologist Jose Montemayor.

WATCH: PiliPinas Debates 2022: The Turning Point - Presidential Debates

You may also catch the event on TV or radio on select channels:
  • ABS-CBN (Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, ANC and TeleRadyo)
  • CNN Philippines Channel 9
  • One News on Cignal TV
  • One PH on Cignal TV
  • PTV4
  • TV5
  • Rescue Channel
  • Net 25
  • UNTV
  • Bombo Radyo Philippines
  • DWIZ
  • RMN
  • IBC
  • PBS
  • Selected KBP-member radio stations

GMA Network on their part will broadcast the debate on DepEd TV. Comelec will also livestream the debate on its social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The next presidential debate will be on April 3 with Ces Oreña-Drilon, former ABS-CBN anchor, as the moderator. The third and last debate in the series, with the townhall format, will happen on April 24.

— The Summit Express

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