The time has come for the presidential candidates to face one another and show the voting public who deserves to be the country’s next leader as GMA Network airs the first leg of PiliPinas Debates 2016 today.
The Kapuso Network will show the presidential debate organized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) as it happens live from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City. It will be simulcast on Super Radyo DZBB and live streamed on GMA News Online.
All the presidential candidates confirmed their attendance : Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe, and former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas. They will be given the opportunity to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the nation—peace and order, poverty reduction, and agriculture.
GMA News anchors Mike Enriquez and Jessica Sohowill moderate the debate and the discussions that aim to determine each presidential candidate’s position on crucial government policies and their knowledge on issues affecting Filipinos. John Nery of the Philippine Daily Inquirer is also one of the moderators.
The initial leg of PiliPinas Debates 2016—mounted by GMA Network together with its print media partner, the Philippine Daily Inquirer—will be attended by representatives of the various local sectors in Mindanao, including observers from major media organizations covering Northern and Southern Mindanao.
Aside from Mindanao, the COMELEC is organizing presidential debates in Luzon and Visayas and a vice presidential debate in Manila. The COMELEC has set the debates to allow the voting population to scrutinize the candidates vying for two of the highest offices in the land.