PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., on Friday turned down his closest rival’s problem to a debate, saying a face-off with Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo won’t ever occur and he prefers to speak straight with the general public.
Ms. Robredo, who narrowly beat Mr. Marcos within the 2016 vice presidential election, challenged the son and namesake of the late dictator to a debate “anytime, anyplace” so voters can scrutinize their characters and evaluate their visions.
Mr. Marcos has attended simply considered one of 4 presidential debates since campaigning for the Might 9 election started, in comparison with Ms. Robredo’s three.
Mr. Marcos led Ms. Robredo by 32 factors within the newest survey in March and the 2 have a bitter rivalry, with Ms. Robredo’s affiliation firmly with the motion that toppled his late father in a 1986 “individuals energy” rebellion.
“I’m inviting Mr. Marcos to a debate to provide the general public an opportunity to face him and ask him concerning the controversies surrounding him,” Robredo stated in a press release.
“We owe it to the individuals and to our nation.”
Mr. Marcos’s spokesman, Victor D. Rodriguez, stated “Bongbong,” as Mr. Marcos is usually identified, needed to maintain campaigning civil.
“Bongbong Marcos’s Uniteam is guided by constructive campaigning, no badmouthing. It sends its message and name for unity on to the general public,” he stated in a press release.
Mr. Marcos’s ducking of debates has been criticized by opponents and educational teams, who say the general public is being denied the chance to see all candidates challenged and scrutinized.
Political analyst Earl Parreno stated shunning debates was Mr. Marcos’s approach of making certain his “shallow information of points won’t be uncovered.”
Although incumbent chief Rodrigo R. Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, is Mr. Marcos’s operating mate and his social gathering has backed Mr. Marcos, the president himself has stated he needs to be impartial and has not endorsed anybody.
Greater than 67 million Filipinos have registered to vote within the elections, which traditionally have a excessive turnout.
Posts contested embody the presidency, vice presidency, 12 senate seats, 300 decrease home seats, and roughly 18,000 native positions. — Reuters