Senator Grace Poe has appealed to her fellow presidential aspirants to do away with mudslinging and name-calling and instead focus on legitimate issues when they face each other in the final presidential debate on Sunday that is sponsored by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Poe on Friday reminded her rivals that they should serve as an example and inspiration to the public “by being responsible with the words they choose.”
She said she sees no reason why candidates have to insult and call each other names because when the campaign is over, it will be business as usual.
“May responsibilidad kaming ayusin ang aming pananalita at ayusin ang aming pagkilos sapagkat bilang isang lider, hindi ka lang nagbibigay ng order, ikaw ay nagbibigay ng inspirasyon at halimbawa [We have a responsibility to talk and act properly, because as a leader, we don’t only give orders, we serve as an inspiration and an example],” Poe pointed out.
Three presidential candidates–Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd–have been engaged in a word war and resorted to name-calling recently.
Poe will share the stage with the four other presidential candidates for the Luzon leg of the presidential debate to be held at the Phinma-University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City. The town hall-type debate will be hosted by ABS-CBN and Manila Bulletin.
The senator, the lone independent presidential aspirant, has been lauded for her performance in the last two debates, where she was chosen by analysts as the one who stood out for being articulate and prepared.