MNCH hailed for ‘appropriate and highly informative’ debate

FRONTLINERS Ang Bida Partylist praised Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI) for presenting a very credible and informative Senate debate.

The party’s first candidate, Jayke Joson, also praised the panelists for raising insightful questions that tested the understanding of all senatorial candidates.

Panelists included Clarita Carlos, professor of political science at the University of the Philippines, Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd, president and CEO of the Manila Times, professor Anna Malindog Uy and lawyer Rolex Suplico.

According to Joson, the format allowed all senatorial candidates who attended the debates on Wednesday and Thursday at the Okada Manila Resort Hotel to clearly lay out their respective platforms. All of the candidates also had ample time to interpolate and prepare for the rebuttal, he added.

“We are enlightened by our aspiring senatorial candidates through the assistance of the panelists. All questions were answered in an instant and not in advance,” Joson said in a statement. “National and international issues such as military defences, treaties, BARMM (Autonomous Region of Bangsamoro in Muslim Mindanao), education, constitutional amendments, economy and health, among others, were discussed during of the debate.”

Meanwhile, MNCH debate producer Arnold Vegafria revealed that the two-night Senate debates had garnered more than three million views based on the official MNCH media network.

“No network has organized a real senatorial debate like this,” said Vegafria, candidate for mayor of Olongapo.

The first day of the Senate debate was attended by former presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr., attorney Lorenzo Gadon, Salvador Panelo, John Castriciones, Leo Olarte, Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, labor attorney Luke Espiritu, Deputy Speaker of the House Loren Legarda, Carl Balita, attorney Joyce Bailen and Ibrahim Albani.

Former Senators Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan and Joseph Victor Ejercito, former Secretary of Agriculture Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, Chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Greco Belgica, Nur-Mahal Kiram, Jesus Arranza, Astravel Pimentel, Ding Diaz and Dr. Minguita Padilla were present on the second day of the debate.


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