Vice President Binay may have avoided a debate, however, he will still face political opponents in debates as he pursue his dream of becoming the President of the Philippines. He will most likely face Senator Antonio Trillanes IV or Alan Peter Cayetano in a government commissioned presidential debate before the 2016 elections.
A proposed law filed by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago seeks the formation of Presidential Debate Commission. The said commission will be formed at least a year before every election for President and Vice President.
Commission on Elections poses no objection on the proposed Presidential Debate Commission, moreover, Comelec believes the debate will be beneficial for the voters.
This law is now urgent because of the upcoming 2016 election. “We may need about a one-year period to prepare the ground work for these debates,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.
“The concept of debate is that it is part of the public information campaign on candidates as it will ultimately show their intelligence, and capabilities to think on their feet,” Jimenez added.
Comelec eyes to hold the debates “after the filing of the Certificates of Candidacy, which is sometime in October next year.”