MANILA, Philippines – As it did in the earlier events organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for 2016, Rappler will provide the public an extensive, blow-by-blow coverage of the last presidential debate on Sunday, April 24.
The 3rd and last leg of the presidential debate series will be held at the Phinma University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City from 6 to 9 pm, and will gather all 5 candidates for the last time before election day. (READ: How are presidential bets preparing for the final April 24 debate?)
In a town hall meeting format, presidential bets Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe, and Manuel Roxas II will answer questions from sectoral representatives whom Comelec media partner ABS-CBN will be flying in from different provinces.
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The next half of the program will feature a face-off between candidates, who will be paired by drawing lots. (READ: All 5 presidential bets face off in Pangasinan debate)
Voters and netizens can catch a live stream of the debate on Rappler via their computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Rappler’s teams in Pangasinan and the newsroom will provide breaking news, quick fact checks, expert commentary, and instant videos.
Readers and followers can join in the discussion wherever you are through our online poll and social media executions.
Starting at 5 pm on Sunday, April 24, Rappler rolls out its live blog with useful and relevant information about the candidates and the issues that will be tackled in the debate: Metro traffic and public transport, job security, health, foreign policy, basic public education, concerns of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), and peace for Mindanaoans in conflict areas.
Our reporters and citizen journalists at the Phinma University of Pangasinan will bring you the candidates, their supporters, viewers, people on the streets, and organizers as they prepare for the debate.
As soon as the debate starts, the live blog will pull in real-time updates from our reporters and Movers alongside commentaries, context, and analyses by our guest analysts, editors, and partner organizations.
Instant fact checks of the candidates’ statements and claims will be provided by researchers, reporters, and editors.
On Rappler’s Facebook page, you can watch analysts Richard Heydarian and Jayeel Cornelio and our election reporters analyze the candidates' answers and give context to the discussions.
Readers and followers can make their sentiments known at every point in the debate in several ways: