Only four presidential candidates will be participating in the second round of the #PiliPinas2016 Presidential Debates in Cebu Sunday.
This, after Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago bowed out of the activity to participate in a clinical trial of a cancer cure.
Host network TV5 said they have decided to take out Santiago’s podium from the stage but will still retain the 15 slots inside the hall for her supporters, as per the senator’s request.
A 30-minute program will air as a prelude to the three-hour debate, which will be broadcast live from 5 to 8 p.m. TV5 earlier promised lesser commercials for the debate. However, a 15-minute intermission will commence as soon as the program hits the 70-80 minute mark.
The debate will employ the panel format, but candidates will also be given a chance to ask questions to each other.
Only a handful of persons will be allowed to watch the debate from the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu Performing Arts Hall which would include sectoral representatives, supporters of candidates, 30 members of local media, and officials of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Commission on Elections (Comelec) and UP system.
Other accredited members of the media will stay inside a designated area inside the UP Cebu Library where they will be provided with live streams of the debate, phone lines, WiFi and buffet.
Outside, UP Cebu set up bleachers to accommodate hundreds of viewers to the debate. The program will start by 11 a.m. In a media briefing Saturday morning, organizers emphasized conduct and discipline from members of the media.
Source : Pia Gutierrez | ABS-CBN News