The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is considering holding four presidential debates, not just three.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the fourth presidential debate will be for the benefit of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The commission en banc will discuss the matter and come up with a decision soon.
Various labor groups like the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Partido Manggagawa (PM), Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), and the Associated Labor Unions (ALU), have strongly supported OFW advocate Susan Ople’s petition for the holding of debates for Filipino workers abroad.
They however urged the Comelec to improve the format like giving more time for candidates to discuss their stand on issues, inclusion of burning issues affecting Filipino workers, including the OFWs, and not allowing TV stations to maximize the debate to earn profits.
The possible venue for the fourth debate may either be Hong Kong or Singapore where majority of OFWs are working.
The first leg of the original three presidential debates in cooperation with different media entities was done in Cagayan de Oro. The second will be in Cebu City, with Pangasinan as the third venue.
The debate for the vice-presidential candidates was scheduled in Metro Manila.