Vice President Jejomar Binay is the first presidential candidate to arrive at the University of Pangasinan, the venue for the final presidential debate. He inspected the debate location last Saturday, one day ahead of the scheduled #PiliPinasDebates 2016.
His camp requested for a sound check as well as an ocular inspection of the school grounds. He also inquired about his supporters’ seat location.
The 2016 bet also arrived early at the venue for the previous presidential debate for preparations and a quick sound check.
Upon being questioned on his strategy for this debate, Binay says his tactics will depend on his opponent’s actions during the face-off. To quote, “Depende kung ano ang magiging preceding incidents."
Before the venue inspection, Binay was seen finishing his usual morning exercise routine by jogging around Dagupan. He says he exercises at least five days a week, allocating an hour and a half per day.
Despite a tough campaign season for the Vice President – he has consistently been scrutinized for alleged corruption, and has had an unstable position in presidential preference surveys – Binay says he still finds campaigning “relaxing.”
Today’s debate will be the last chance for all the presidential candidates to present their platforms and show their stands on key issues. This debate will follow a townhall format, where people will be allowed to ask the candidates about key issues that Filipinos face.
Analysts predict “a fiery verbal battle among presidential candidates” for the public in this final debate, especially with all five presidential candidates having confirmed their attendance.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) – initiated debate will start at 6pm on ABS-CBN. It will be simulcast on ANC and Radio DZMM as well. OFWs and Filipinos abroad can watch the debate live on The Filipino Channel (TFC). It will also be available via livestream on news.abs-cbn.com and iWanTv.
This third and final presidential debates 2016 will be hosted by Karen Davila and Tony Velasquez, and is done in partnership with the Manila Bulletin.