Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James B. Jimenez showed a letter from the camp of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. signifying “readiness to participate” in the upcoming debate organized by the poll body.
This, after Marcos’ spokesperson Victor Rodriguez said that the presidential candidate “has not yet confirmed his participation” in the debate.
“The Comelec has been advised of presidential candidate Marcos’ ‘readiness to participate’ in the #PiliPinasDebates2022,” Jimenez posted on Twitter, accompanied by a letter from the camp of Marcos.
“If more confirmation is needed, the COMELEC awaits the same with bated breath. Nevertheless, preparations for the #PiliPinasDebates2022 push thru.”
The letter that Jimenez posted was signed by Marcos’ campaign manager, Benjamin C. Abalos Jr., dated Feb. 11, 2022.
“Foremost, presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos, Jr. has expressed his readiness to join the same,” the letter signed by Abalos read, pertaining to the presidential debate.
“However, it would be more proper and prudent if all Presidential candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss before the Commission among themselves the format, which will include the issues to be discussed, the time allotment for each, the right to respond and rebut his/her arguments, who will be the moderator, among others,” he continued.
During an event of Comelec on Thursday morning, Feb. 25, Jimenez said told the media that all presidential candidates have confirmed to join the debate they are organizing, saying “all candidates have signified their commitment.”
Moments after, Rodriguez released a statement to the media saying Marcos has not yet confirmed his participation.
“His participation in the said debate, which will be held in the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan will only be confirmed if his hectic campaign schedules permit,” he added.