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All set for town hall presidential debate on April 24

(Photo courtesy of Twitter  account ABS-CBN News Channel)

(Photo courtesy of Twitter account ABS-CBN News Channel)

On Sunday, April 24, two weeks before the elections, the five candidates for the highest office in the land will again try to sway more votes in the final PiliPINAS Debate at the Phinma-University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City.

Sharing the stage for the last time before one of them becomes President of the Philippines are Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe, and former Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
The final debate will bring ordinary people to ask the candidates about urgent issues affecting them under the town hall debate format organized by the Commission on Elections, Kapisanan ng mga Broadcasters ng Pilipinas (KBP), ABS-CBN and Manila Bulletin.
This format was assigned to ABS-CBN after a “drawing of lots” facilitated by the Comelec involving all lead networks for the debate series.
The issues will cover free basic education, OFW concerns and employment opportunities, maritime dispute with China, peace in Mindanao, metro traffic and public transportation system, basic health care, jobs and unfair labor practice.
The sector representatives were chosen among thousands of Filipinos who sent in their queries for the presidential candidates via ABS-CBN’s “Halalan Hugot” campaign which gathered 1,319 responses focusing on seven issues.
Each presidential candidate will get to answer all questions, which will allow the public to compare and decide which candidate is truly prepared and committed to address the issues raised.
The  site of the town hall debate will be at the Studen Plaza of the Phinma- University of Pangasinan campus, the biggest and oldest university in the province with a population of 12,000.
The debate will start at 6 p.m. and will be aired live from the Phinma University of Pangasinan over multiple media platforms – ABS-CBN on free TV, ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel on cable TV, DZMM TeleRadyo on digital television (ABS-CBN TVplus), DZMM 630 on AM radio, and online via livestreaming at
It can be viewed in high-definition on ABS-CBN HD Ch.167 and ANC HD (Ch. 182 for Metro Manila; Ch.706 for SKYcable regional subscribers) via SKYcable.
ABS-CBNmobile MHP users can also watch it on their mobile phones by downloading the new iWant TV app and then choosing livestream via ABS-CBN HD or regular ABS-CBN stream. ABS-CBNmobile prepaid users can view it by texting <IWANTV10> to 2135 for 1-day full access and then choosing livestream via ABS-CBN HD or regular ABS-CBN stream.
Overseas Filipinos can watch the debate via TFC, the Filipino Channel and it will also be streamed live on IPTV and
Moderated by ABS-CBN’s broadcast journalists Karen Davila and Tony Velasquez, the town hall debate will also be beamed worldwide via TFC, the Filipino Channel and will also be streamed live on IPTV and ABS-CBNmobile users.
  • Ivan Viray

    parang hindi naman naging debate yung kagabe..parang naging segment ni boy abunda… pero ang witty ng answers ni Grace Poe :)

  • Omar Kasadas

    Mudslinging is constant pero sana naman before they do it bigyan sila ng ample time like 5-10 mins per candidate to present first their platform and on how they are going to do it w/o rebuttals from other candidate para malaman ng tao kung ano mismo ung plataporma.

  • UPnnGrd

    One would want to know if some of the candidates have changed any of their earlier pronouncements. Like — will Grace still invite D30 as her Crime Czar if she wins?

  • Bernie B. Abaco

    Sa nakaraang dalawang naunang debate napagbigyan na ang mga kandidato na magbatuhan sila ng putik sa isa’t-isa, sana naman ngayon aay i-discuss nila tunay at legitimate issues na kinakaharap ng bansa at kung anong mga solutions sa bawat sitwasyon na kinakaharap natin para makatulong naman sa aming mga botante na issues and solution ang batayan sa pagpili ng kandidato. Bigyan sana ng pagkakataon ang mga educated voters na makapagtanong ng maayos ytungkol sa mga issues na ito dahil kami yong mga botante na ang tinitingnan y hindi yong kung ikaw ba ay sikat or bolero. sana mapagbigyan ang mga ganitong voters dahil wala kaming pakialam kung ano man ang itsura ng kandidato ang mahalaga sa amin is what the candidate can offer para sa kapakinangan ng buong sambayanan at hindi ng iilan. thank you.

  • Entitledako

    raise the level of discourse and avoid mudslinging. Props to those who remained focus on giving straight-forward answers.