2022 Philippine Elections

LIVE UPDATES: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for presidential candidates

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LIVE UPDATES: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for presidential candidates

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) organized three debates, ahead of the May 9 polls, to help the public scrutinize candidates running for the country’s highest post.

At 7 pm (Manila time) on Sunday, April 3, the Comelec holds its second PiliPinas debate for presidential bets. Nine of 10 presidential candidates are set to attend this second debate at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent.

The first presidential debate was held on March 19, and the third is scheduled on April 24.

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At Comelec debate, Robredo projects how an ‘ilaw ng tahanan’ can reform PH politics

The lone female presidential candidate uses the second Comelec debate as an opportunity to flex not just her longtime advocacy for electoral and political reforms, but also to highlight her strength as a Filipina leader.

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Mara Cepeda

Robredo, Moreno push for Hague ruling as leverage in South China Sea row

In building international support to push back against China in the South China Sea, presidential candidates Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice President Leni Robredo delivered similar visions to use the Philippines’ landmark arbitral award as leverage in the long-running dispute. 

DEBATE. Presidential aspirants greet each other as they meet for the second time for the Comelec presidential debate at the Sofitel hotel in Pasay City on April 3, 2022. (Angie de Silva/Rappler)

The 2016 Hague ruling has been viewed not only as Manila’s ace in the sea row, but a victory that served all other nations that value a rules-based order in the South China Sea. The legal award secured by the Philippines against China had invalidated Beijing’s sweeping claims of ownership over waters in the area, which serve as a vital trade route for many of the world’s largest economies. 

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Sofia Tomacruz

Pacquiao may have softened on death penalty issue, but still wants to execute drug importers

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Presidential candidates believe detained De Lima deserves due process

Some of the presidential candidates for the May 9 polls believe that due process must be observed in the cases of detained lawmaker and reelectionist Senator Leila De Lima. 

During the second Commission on Elections (Comelec) presidential debate on Sunday, April 3, some of the presidential bets were asked whether De Lima should be freed. Labor leader and presidential candidate Leody de Guzman said the opposition lawmaker should be released. 

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Robredo: Attendance in debates shows candidate’s respect to Comelec and Filipinos

In an ambush interview after the second Comelec presidential debate, Vice Presidential Leni Robredo says attendance in debates not only shows a candidate’s respect to the poll body, but to Filipinos. Presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., as usual, is absent in the debate.

LIVE UPDATES: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for presidential candidates

Pacquiao on protecting OFWs: Philippines will be a friend to all nations

On protecting Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), presidential bet Manny Pacquiao ensures the country “will be a friend to all nations” and “America’s best friend, but will not allow ourselves to be bullied by other countries.”

LIVE UPDATES: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for presidential candidates

Moreno, Pacquiao weigh in on the human rights situation in Myanmar

Presidential bets Isko Moreno and Manny Pacquiao express their thoughts on the human rights situation in Myanmar. Moreno says UN member-states should demand for accountability, while Pacquiao says the Philippines should look at its own human rights situation.

LIVE UPDATES: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for presidential candidates

[Rappler Recap] John Nery lauds Comelec for tweaking the format

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[Rappler Recap] John Nery on seeing the debates up close

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