• Comelec may change debate rules

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    VIRTUALLY admitting that the first presidential debate was a disappointment, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is seriously considering changing the rules for the next bout set on March 20 at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.

    The possible “improvements” will be tackled in an en banc meeting, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said.

    He admitted that the poll body was prompted to consider making some changes after receiving negative feedback after the presidential debates held at the Cagayan de Oro University on Sunday.

    Observers had said that instead of debating, the candidates merely answered questions thrown at them. Also, they lamented that candidates were not given enough time to expound their views since each was given only 90 seconds to explain their stand on an issue. Many of those who watched also complained of the stream of commercials aired.

    NELSON BADILLA

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