- Four presidential candidates will not be attending the debate that Ptr. Apollo Quiboloy sponsored
- These four candidates include Mayor Isko Moreno, Sen. Ping Lacson, Sen. Manny Pacquiao and VP Leni Robredo
- The debate is commonly referred to as the SMNI debate, as it will be aired via the Sonshine Media Network International, which is owned by Quiboloy
- Those who will attend the debate will be Bongbong Marcos and Ka Leody de Guzman
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Four of the presidential candidates have expressed their refusal to join the debate sponsored by Ptr. Apollo Quiboloy's SMNI.
The candidates who will not be joining the debate include Mayor Isko Moreno, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Sen. Ping Lacson and VP Leni Robredo.
Pacquiao was among the first ones to release his statement, signifying non-attendance for the said debate.
"I cannot, in good conscience, be part of any activity organized by a man wanted for detestable crimes and who unconscionably used the name of the Lord in vain for religious scams," said Pacquiao, as per Inquirer.
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Lacson, on the other hand, said that Quiboloy has openly endorsed a presidential candidate. He said, Quiboloy "has already openly endorsed his preferred presidential and vice-presidential candidates," as per Philippine Star.
Robredo will be in Panay on the date of debate, while Moreno will be in Samar, as per Rappler.
Bongbong Marcos has already confirmed that he will be attending the SMNI debate.
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