The politically aware and concerned voting Filipino public have set their gaze on Philippine television in TV5’s second leg of PiliPinas Debates 2016, a presidential debate administered by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in partnership with major Philippine news organization in preparation and help with voter’s education for the upcoming May 9, 2016 general elections.
Back in February 21, 2016, GMA Network in partnership with the Philippine Daily Inquirer has brought us the first PiliPinas Debates 2016 – Mindanao Leg, which was held at the Performing Arts Hall of the University of the Philippines in Cebu City.
The 1st PiliPinas Debates 2016 was presented and moderated by Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez and featured the complete list of presidential candidates from current Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe-Lamanzares, and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas.
This was a monumental event as this will be the first time that the Comelec will host a presidential debate since the 1992 elections.
You can relive and re-watch the 1st PiliPinas Debates – Mindanao Leg here:
GMA Network’s 1st PiliPinas Debates 2016 – Mindanao Leg was presented ‘decent’ but unfortunately it suffered from playing too safe and a victim of its own excessive capitalism.
Well, at least that was what critics gave the first presidential debate by after almost 23 years since the first one was held back in 1992. There was a lot of room for the next debates to improve on and yesterday’s debate somewhat touched on that.
The Second PiliPinas Debates 2016 – Visayas Leg was held this time at the Performing Arts Hall of the University of the Philippines in Cebu City yesterday, March 20, 2016 which was still organized by COMELEC exclusively shown in TV5, in partnership with the Philippine Star and BusinessWorld.
The 2nd PiliPinas Debates 2016 was presented and moderated by Luchi Cruz-Valdes, which only featured 4 presidential candidates from current Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe-Lamanzares, to former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago decided to skip the Visayas leg to undertake clinical trials on a new anti-cancer pill.