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THE Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) has agreed with the Commission on Election (COMELEC) to organize a nationwide radio and television forum to enable the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the 2022 elections to inform voters about how they intend to govern the country in the next six years if elected.

The forum will be held in lieu of the debates originally scheduled by the COMELEC last April 23 to 24.

In Circular No. 022-028 issued last April 25, 2022 and signed by KBP President Herman Z. Basbaño and KBP Chairman Roperto S. Nicdao Jr., the KBP said the forum, to be called the COMELEC-KBP Pilipinas Forum 2022, will be conducted over a period of five days, from May 2 to 6 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with presidential and vice-presidential tandem given one hour each to present his or her position on the most important issues of the campaign and answer questions from broadcast journalists belonging to KBP-member stations in various parts of the country. Two presidential/ vice-presidential candidates (where applicable) will be featured per day, one following the other.

The presidential/vice presidential tandems are: Leni Robredo-Kiko Pangilinan, Ping Lacson-Vicente Sotto III, Manny Pacquiao-Lito Atienza, Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte Carpio, Isko Moreno-Dr. Wilie Ong, and Leody de Guzman.

The circular said that this project presents both a challenge and an opportunity for the broadcast media, particularly the KBP, to serve the country at a crucial time.

“Let us step up to the plate and show our fellow Filipinos that radio and television broadcasting is committed to serve and that broadcasters deserve the privilege of using the airwaves to serve the public,” the circular said.

“All KBP members are requested to carry the entire forum series from May 2 to 6 to ensure full compliance with the Fair Election Act. As in our KBP Presidential Forum, we request all members to signify which of their stations can be officially confirmed to air the forum series,” the circular added. R o - b r e d o and Marcos were oppo - nents in the 2016 vice presidential race, and Robredo won. In Cebu,

Robredo, the running mate of former Senator Mar Roxas who ran for president, got more than 800,000 votes. Former Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, the tandem of now President Rodrigo Duterte, got more than 500,000 votes. Marcos, the running mate of then presidentiable Miriam Defensor Santiago, was third with about 300,000 votes.

Robredo was endorsed in 2016 by then Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, former Cebu City Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña and then Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Bimbo Fernandez. Cayetano was endorsed by various sectors. while Marcos was endorsed by the influential Garcia family and clan.

For the May 9, 2022, presidential election, Robredo is endorsed by Davide, Osmeña, Rep. Willy Caminero (Cebu 2nd District), Rep. Peter John Calderon (Cebu 7th District), the group of doctors, professionals, students and religious among others. Marcos is endorsed by Governor Gwen Garcia, among others.

Meanwhile, the COMELEC said there are 64 senatorial candidates for May 9, 2022 elections but only 12 of them will be declared winners. The religious sector urged the voters to make research to choose the best among them.

Tuburan, Cebu Vice Mayor Democrito “Aljun” Diamante is campaigning for the reelection of Senator Risa Hontiveros and Senator Richard Gordon and Raffy Tulfo for senator. Hontiveros has allocated funds for Tuburan projects, Gordon has responded to calamities in Tuburan, while Tulfo is his friend.

Former broadcaster Dr. Nerito “Rey” Martinez and Joey Roble of Roble Shipping Corporation are campaigning for senatoriables Dra. Miguita Padilla and f o r m e r Department of National Defense ( D N D ) Secretary G i l b e r t “ G i b o ” Teodoro and they for reelectionist Senator Richard Gordon.

Businessman Ed Hayco is campaigning for senatoriable Greco Belgica whom he believed can conduct a Senate inquiry against corrupt officials.

In an interview with Yagyagan program over DYRC Aksyon Radyo Cebu, Belgica, a former Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) head, said that he will definitely run against corrupt officials especially that about 20 percent of the country’s annual budget go to corruption to the detriment of public interest.

Reelectionist Senator Win Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and Committee on Education visited DYRC and interviewed by Yagyagan anchor Elias O. Baquero.

Gatchalian said that if re-elected, he will initiate to amend the kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) law and remove Grade 11 and Grade 12 because this is an additional burden to the students and parents.

He is supportive of the suggestion to make Grade 11-12 a two-year vocational course to make the students skillful for jobs that they are trained for before proceeding to college.

Gatchalian added that he will also find a way to bring down the high cost of electricity that further make ordinary Filipinos suffer.