The Palace welcomed the plan of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to hold presidential debates in different parts of the country so that voters can scrutinize the candidates.
“Mahalaga po sa isang eleksyon na malaman ng mga mamamayan ang mga isyu na dapat nilang pagpasyahan [It is important that the people are apprised of the issues that they should decide on],” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a radio interview.
“Mahalaga rin na makilala nila ang mga kandidato at ang pagdaraos ng isang tagisan, katulad ng isang debate, ay mainam na paraan para matamo ang mga layunin na ‘yan [It is also important that they get to know the candidates and they get to do that during public debates],” he added.
Coloma said the Comelec is fulfilling its mandate to enable the public to participate in orderly and peaceful elections.
The poll body has bared plans to organize debates among presidential candidates. Comelec last hosted a presidential debate in 1992.
The electoral body said that a resolution for holding presidential debates is already being circulated but preparations have yet to start
The debates will be done “to provide a mechanism for exacting accountability with regard to campaign promises” that candidates make, it said.