WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is airing its presidential forum at 6 pm (Manila time) on Friday, March 25, featuring four presidential candidates who responded to their invitation.
The participants are Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Manny Pacquiao, former defense secretary Norberto Gonzales, and labor leader Leody de Guzman.
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Pacquiao backs responsible mining
Pacquiao backs responsible mining: Ang pagmimina hindi po pinagbabawal yan, nasa Bible yan.… Kumbaga pwede ka magmina ng copper lahat, pero responsible mining, kung pangangalagahan natin, wag natin sirain. Pag sinira natin ang kalikasan, pinapaigsi natin ang buhay natin sa mundo— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) March 25, 2022
On the rising cases of teenage pregnancy in the country
Gonzales: Dapat walang abortion. Pangalawa, importante sinasabi ni Sen. Manny, dapat preventive. Kung nangyari na 'yan, sana matuloy at manatili iyong ugali nating Pilipino, pamilya nagtutulungan. #UsapangHalalan2022 #PHVote #WeDecide— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) March 25, 2022
No to ‘palakasan’: Robredo vows gov’t appointments to be based on expertise, clean track record
Vice President Leni Robredo said if she becomes the next president, she would make sure that government appointments are based on merits, not political favors.
Asked during the CBCP forum on Friday, March 25, how she plans to address the “palakasan” system in the Philippines, Robredo said that the key here is ensuring government appointees are free from corruption and are actually qualified for the posts.
“Dapat ‘yung mga tao, hindi political yung consideration. Dapat experts sa field nila at walang record of corruption,” said Robredo.
(The appointees should be chosen not because of political considerations. They should be experts in their field and should have no record of corruption.)
The lone female presidential candidate also reiterated that the first executive order she would sign as president is a full disclosure policy, which would require all government offices to be transparent with their transactions and projects.