MANILA (PNA)–The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has deter-mined through drawing of lots the local media com-panies that would host the presidential and vice presi-dential debates next year.
The first to be picked were GMA 7 and Philippine Daily Inquirer, which will host the presidential debate in Mindanao on February 21, 2016 while the presi-dential debate in the Visayas on March 20 will be hosted by TV5 and Philippine Star.
ABS-CBN and Manila Bulletin will be in charge of the Luzon presidential debate on April 24 while the vice presidential debate in Metro Manila on April 10 will be handled by CNN Philippines and Business Mirror.
The Comelec has also given the lead media entities the prerogative to identify the host facilities, preferably in schools.
Among the possible issues to be debated upon are agricultural develop-ment, poverty reduction, charter change, peace and order, disaster prepared-ness, healthcare, education, corruption, public transpor-tation, traffic, electoral reforms, foreign policy, tax reform and national de-fense.
Earlier, the poll body said that national candi-dates are not mandated to the debates.
Section 7 of the Fair Election Act states that the Comelec “may require national television and radio networks to sponsor at least three national debates among presidential candi-dates and at least one among vice presidential candidates”.