Bongbong Marcos shuns Comelec debates, cites ‘preferred method of interaction with people’

Bongbong Marcos shuns Comelec debates, cites ‘preferred method of interaction with people’

Bongbong Marcos, #7 in the 2022 ballot, will not go to the Comelec debates, his spokesperson said.

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential prospect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has decided to skip the debates structured by the Fee on Elections (Comelec), his spokesperson announced Monday.

Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesperson, produced the announcement five times just before the debates scheduled on March 19, Saturday.

“I affirm our non-participation in the Comelec-sanctioned discussion this coming Saturday, March 19, 2022,” Rodriguez explained in a assertion.

“Presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos’ terms are his bond, consequently we shall honor our dedication to our supporters to be with them on the industry on this working day,” he included.

Rodriguez claimed the Marcos camp will “continue our desired manner of direct conversation with the men and women and engage them in a additional personalized confront to face interaction that discusses serious concerns that have an impact on them now, tomorrow, and in the days to appear as this election is all about our collective future.”

Marcos’ running mate, Davao Town Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio also introduced previously her determination to not attend the Comelec debates.

Marcos has formerly been criticized for declining some main presidential debates and fora attended by his fellow presidential candidates.

The first a single Marcos declined was the job interview with veteran journalist Jessica Soho, who he identified as “biased.” Marcos also skipped the presidential forum organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and by CNN Philippines, citing conflict with routine.

Marcos, nevertheless, attended the debates arranged by media network SMNI, whose owner, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy experienced beforehand endorsed his and Duterte-Carpio’s candidacies. Other presidential candidates—Senator Panfilo Lacson, Manila Metropolis mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and Vice President Leni Robredo—did not attend the SMNI debates.


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