All presidentiables confirmed attendance in CDO debate

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – All the presidentiables have signified they will be attending the presidential debate dubbed as “Pilipinas Debates 2016” at the Capitol University this coming Sunday, the Commission on Elections said.

Comelec Misamis Oriental acting director Joseph Cuevas said they have already received confirmation from all the presidential candidates.

“This is the first of a series of debates. We are inviting the people to watch or listen to the debate,” Cuevas said over Magnum radio here.

Local journalists led by the Cagayan de Oro Press Club have expressed indignation over the guidelines imposed by organizers of the debate – GMA 7 and Philippine Daily Inquirer – limiting their access to the venue.

Non-government organizations and politicians have supported the call of the press club with many of them saying they would also not be attending the debate.

Reports said GMA 7 is scrambling to persuade the NGOs and politicians to attend.

Charlito Manlupig, chairman emeritus of Balay Mindanaw Foundation, said they received a call from GMA 7 asking them to change their mind not to attend the debate.

Manlupig and Balay Mindanaw earlier issued a statement supporting the position of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, saying they would not attend the debate and are giving up the 15 slots allotted to them by the organizers.

“We hope that you understand that our decision is in solidarity with the local groups who we believe represent the legitimate concerns of communities in Mindanao,” Manlupig wrote.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd district, Cagayan de Oro) said giving only 25 slots to local journalists is a gross discrimination against the local press community.

“All Kagayanons should join hands to protest this arbitrary and unjust treatment of our local media,” Rodriguez said.

Earlier, presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City threatened to boycott the debate if local journalists will be discriminated by organizers.

Veteran anchors Mike Enriquez and Jessica Soho of GMA7 network will host the presidential debate.

In his column on Feb. 16, John Nery of the Philippine Daily Inquirer described the setup of the incoming debate.

“A candidate is given 90 seconds to answer a question, the candidate he or she is paired with in that round has 60 seconds to offer a rebuttal, then the first candidate has 30 seconds to issue a counter-rebuttal and close the argument,” Nery said.

Nery said the questions to be fielded were derived from three “town hall meetings” conducted by the Inquirer in three different places in Mindanao to get the so-called “Mindanao agenda.”

Rodriguez, who attended one of the town hall meetings, said some of the questions they wanted the candidates to answer are about agricultural development, peace process and the Mindanao railway project.

Nery also explained the setup of the media center where journalists, accredited by Comelec, will be stationed.

“All the presidential candidates have agreed to go to the media center after the debate to meet with the media present there,” he said.

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  1. Sina Duterte at Cayetano lang ang nakitaan ko ng tunay na malasakit at sinseridad sa kanilang bawat forums at pagpapahayag ng plataporma! Yung walang halong bola at alam talaga nila ang dapat gawin!

  2. When will you have another presidential candiate like Mayor Digong will we wait for another lifetime para makahanap ng kasing authorative ni mayor at magaling mamuno? ang also where will you find an Alan Cayetano na sobrang supportive sa presidente niya at magaling magisip? Palalagpasin pa ba natin itong dalawang to? Vote DuCay! panahon na para sa tunay na pagbabago! Duterte Cayetano!

  3. bilib n bilib ako s tambalang duterte at cayetano sa lahat ng kumakandidato n bise at presidente sila lang ang may malinaw n plano para s bansa

  4. may paninindigan ba ang hanap ninyo? sila sen alan at mayor duterte lang ang sagot dyan. sila na ang sgot s prblma s sakit ng bayan.. alam ntn n mbilis nla masosolusyunan ang mga yan..

  5. sila mayor at sen alan lang talag ang may malinaw n plataporma n gusto maaus ang bansa ntn kaya sila lang ang boboto ko s halalan..

  6. tunay na malasakit sa bayan at hindi kukurap sa anong laban yan sina Duterte at Cayetano ang tunay na lalabn hanggang sa sila ang magtgumpay.

  7. wala n talaga ako hhlingin pa dhl s lahat ng linatag n plataporma nila mayor duterte at sen cayetano..nka suporta po ako s inyo..

  8. Hindi ako ngdadalawang isip iboto si Duterte Cayetano dahil kahit hindi pa sila tumatakbo sa kanilang position, kitang – kita na may paroroonan ang kanilang serbisyo sa ating bansa.

  9. Huwag tayo bumase sa mga tungkulin na sinasabi nila, kundi sa kakayahan nila na matugunan ang lahat na kasagutan ng ating bansa.

  10. Ganyan dapat di pa nakaupo sa pwesto tumutulong na. Ano pa kaya kung nakaupo na. Diba?? Kaya Cyetano Duterte na tayo para sa pagbabago!!!

  11. 1/3 of the national budget for NCR only? malaking kahangalan! duterte at cayetano lang may tunay na tapang para baguhin ang nakaugalian na at may malasakit para bigyan ng oportunidad ang lahat umunlad

  12. yung mga masasamang loob na gusto maghari kahit ano gagawin kaya may death threats laban kay digong. wala kayo kwenta! sisiguraduhin namin na mananalo si digong at si alan at buburahin namin kayong mga kriminal!

  13. Hindi kailangan pansinin o pag tuunan ng pansin ang sariling buhay o ang pag kakamali ni Mayor Duterte noon, mas pag tuunan natin ng pansin ang pag babagong kayang gawin kasama si Senator Cayetano.

  14. Bawat Pilipino mag kakaroon ng proteksyon at kapayapaan, lahat ng dapat sa atin at sa ating bansa ay maibibigay basta wag tayong susuko sa pag laban ksama sina Mayor Duterte at Senator Cayetano.

  15. Edukasyon, proteksyon, pag unlad ng bawat isa lahat ng yan at marami pa ang kayang maibigay satin ng Duterte Cayetano. Tama na sa corrupt simulan na ang tunay na pag babago.

  16. wala tlgang makakatalo sa idol ko!duterte-cayetano lng yan,sila lang ang karapat dapat na suportahan natin at maging leader ng bansa

  17. tunay na pag asa ng bansa si Mayor at Sen.Alan kya sila lng ang susuportah ko kahit na anu mangyari,wlang makakatalo sa kanila

  18. eto na talaga ang matagal na nating hinihintay na pagbabago.. DUTERTE-CAYETANO wala ng iba at wala ng makakapigil sa tambalan nila

  19. basta kmi dun sa tao na nag ssbi ng katotohanan at ndi nag papangap na mabuti.. duterte – cayetano… #VoteDuterteCayetano

  20. duterte-cayetano lng ang tandem na susuportahan namin kahit na anu mangyari,sila ang kailangan ng ating bansa tungo sa tunay na pagbabago.

  21. ang kailangan natin ngaun eh ung talagang nag sasabi ng tapat.. ndi kung anu2ng kasinugalingan n nag gagaling sa bibig nila.. lets support them.. duterte cayetano…

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