MANILA, Philippines – To help the public better assess the candidates courting their votes, Rappler kicked off a 3-part series of senatorial debates that provided candidates with a platform to explain their programs, present their policies on national issues, and tell voters exactly why they should be given one of 12 Senate seats.
On Friday, April 22, the last batch of senatorial aspirants will face public scrutiny in the third and last leg of the Rappler senatorial debate, to be held at the mini-auditorium of the FEU Institute of Technology from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
The candidates set to take the stage to answer questions from the crowd are the following:
- Rafael Alunan III, former interior secretary and tourism chief under the Ramos administration
- Dante Liban, former Quezon City representtive
- Allan Montaño, labor lawyer
- Susan “Toots” Ople, former labor undersecretary and an advocate for the rights of overseas Filipino workers
- Samuel Pagdilao, a former police chief who served in the House of Representatives from 2013 to 2016
- Diosdado Valeroso, former Philippine National Police official who founded the Young Officers’ Union
For the first part of the debate, candidates will be given 3 minutes to answer this question: Why are you #TheLeaderIWant?
In the Issues Q & A segment, candidates will have 3 minutes to answer a question chosen by Rappler based on the candidate’s track record and advocacy. Another candidate can comment on the first speaker’s answer for 90 seconds, and the person in the hot seat can present a rebuttal for 90 seconds.
Netizens will also have the chance to pose questions. Rappler will crowdsource questions from the audience.
To be streamed live on Rappler, the debate will also reach television viewers through Media ng Bayan-PTV4’s 14 stations all over the country.
Netizens can also follow updates on social media and join in the conversations. As the debate proceeds, you can react to the candidates’ answers by joining Rappler’s online poll and voting on Rappler’s mood meter on rappler.com/phvote.
The event is open to FEU students. For those interested to attend the debate, register via Eventbrite below.