ABS-CBN News launches Halalan 2022 podcast 'POV:XYZ'

Published October 27, 2021, 2:28 PM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment


What happens when Filipinos from different generations sit down for a discussion on the 2022 Philippine national elections? Find out this Thursday (Oct. 28) as ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs launches its very first election podcast “POV:XYZ.”

Hosted by Tony Velasquez and Danny Buenafe, “POV:XYZ” offers a safe space for Filipino youth to express their views and exchange stories about politics and Halalan 2022 topics with two veteran journalists who have covered multiple elections and administrations in their decades-long careers.

“Gusto natin alamin ang mga saloobin o takbo ng isip ng mga kabataan and at the same time, we can also share our experiences dahil matagal na rin tayong kumocover ng Halalan,” said Danny, the former chief of ABS-CBN’s Europe and Middle East news bureaus.

“Sana ito ay magagamit nilang gabay para sila naman ay makakapili ng mabuti at mauunawaan kung ano yung mga isyu na dapat nilang unawain. Para talagang makapili sila ng pinakamabuting kandidato na ihahalal nila sa 2022,” added Tony, one of ABS-CBN News’ most versatile and seasoned news anchors.

Joining them in the pilot episode on Thursday about “The Power of the Youth Vote,” are Kapamilya host and youth advocate Robi Domingo, popular YouTuber and influencer Janina Vela, and ASEAN Youth Advocates Network founder Mirus Ponon.

All three have been very active in using their platforms to encourage their fellow youth to register to vote and to educate themselves on issues surrounding the elections.

Tony and Danny, who also co-anchor “On the Spot” on TeleRadyo, believe that members of the younger generation play a crucial role in shaping the future of the nation.

“Karamihan sa mga boboto sa halalan ang malaking bulto po nun ay galing sa sektor ng kabataan. Kaya mahalaga na mas mapalawak natin ang kanilang isipan, mas mapalalim natin ang kanilang pang-unawa sa mga isyu patungkol sa halalan, sa pulitika,” said Tony.

Danny added that the youth can help fight against disinformation online.

“Sa tulong nga mga kabataan na magaling sa social media, sila ‘yung magbibigay ng liwanag o kaliwanagan doon sa mga isyu na talagang tama. Kasi hindi sapat yung mainstream media. We need right information sa panahong ito para mapili natin ang tamang kandidato.”

“POV:XYZ” is available on Spotify, ABS-CBN News App, and ABS-CBN Radio Service App and will drop new episodes every other week. It adds to ABS-CBN News’ growing list of podcasts which include “ANC After the Fact” with Christian Esguerra, “ANC Market Edge” with Michelle Ong, the ANC podcast, “ABS-CBN News Flash” with Karmina Constantino, and the sports podcast “Post-Game.”

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