Candidates will be given longer time to answer questions and to interact with each other in the more improved Pilipinas 2016 Presidential Debate by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to be held Sunday in Cebu City.
“The voting public can definitely look forward to an improved Presidential Debate. Of course, GMA-7 and Inquirer did well but we took note of the areas for improvement during the first Presidential Debate and made conscious efforts to address them in the second Presidential Debate,” Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said.
The second presidential debate will be hosted by TV 5 and the Philippine Star and will air live from University of the Philippines-Cebu (UP-Cebu) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public can watch it on TV 5 or via livestreaming on http://www.bilangpilipino.com/
The debate will feature a modified panel format with topics to be discussed such as health education, disaster preparedness, climate change and corruption.
“There will be two parts — the first segment will involve a panel of journalists who will be throwing questions at the candidates, while the second part will give candidates the opportunity to ask each other questions. The primary rule is that all questions will fall under the agreed themes for this debate, which include among others, corruption and climate change adaptation,” he added.
“I think a three hour-program run is indeed an improvement and we have made adjustments in the allocated time for responses and rebuttals in consultation with the representatives of the campaign teams,” the Comelec chief said.
“If anything, the first Presidential debate showed us the surface profiles of candidates, what issues rattled them, what triggered or excited them, etc. The second Presidential debate should reveal to us other important aspects of their candidacies,” he added.
The first debate was held in Mindanao last February 21.
The last two debates are scheduled on April 24, 2016 and a Vice-Presidential debate on April 10, 2016.