2022 PH vice presidential race

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for VP candidates

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for VP candidates


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) organized two debates, ahead of the May 9 polls, to help the public scrutinize candidates running for the vice presidency.

Both taking place at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, the first vice-presidential debate is scheduled on March 20, while the other is set to be held on April 23. Seven out of nine vice-presidential bets have confirmed their attendance as of March 13.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for VP candidates

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VP candidate Willie Ong says the country needs to look out for other common diseases and put up more infectious diseases hospitals in order to address other possible variants of COVID-19.

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for VP candidates

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HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for VP candidates

‘I won’t use the OVP as training ground’ – Sotto

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, the most senior in government among vice presidential candidates for 2022, highlighted his three decades in public service as a final pitch for bid at Comelec’s PiliPinas debates on Sunday, March 20. 

“‘Yun pong opisina ng pangalawang pangulo ay hindi ko po pagpapraktisan. Hindi po ako mangangapa. Ang karanasan ko po na tatlumpung taon sa public service ay sapat na,” Sotto said. 

(I won’t make the Office of hte Vice President my training ground. I will not be groping my way in the dark. My experience during my 30 years in public service is enough.)

The Senate President said that he knows the problems of the country as well as the plight of Filipinos living in poverty, and he knows how to solve them. 

“I am tired of making laws that are not implemented properly,” Sotto said.

He cited the Filipinos’ trust in him, and said he would not let them down. Various polls have shown over the years that Sotto has the highest trust and performance rating among top officials of the land next to President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Comelec wraps up its first VP debate


Pangilinan’s closing statement

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WATCH: Comelec chair Saidamen Pangarungan holds press briefing

Comelec chair Saidamen Pangarungan holds a press briefing shortly after the vice presidential debates held on Sunday, March 20.

HIGHLIGHTS: Comelec’s PiliPinas Debates for VP candidates