Angara dares fellow Senate bets to engage in debate

April 20, 2013 12:10 am 

MANILA, April 19 – Team PNoy senatorial bet Edgardo "Sonny" Angara on Friday challenged fellow senatorial aspirants to engage in debates to focus about a candidate's advocacy.

“Aside from ads and sorties, debate is an effective channel for voters to know and understand the advocacies of candidates and their stand on the most pressing issues of the country. So I call on some candidates who still avoid participating in debates to join in,” he said in a press statement.

Angara said it is important for a senatorial candidate to speak well on issues and platform of governments.

The Harvard-trained lawmaker noted that in the United States, especially during presidential elections, debate is considered a "de facto" election process.

“It has become customary for the Democratic and Republican candidates in the US to face off late in the election cycle. It aims to guide the undecided voters, those who tend not to be partial to any party, on whom to choose. In fact, some elections have been decided by these debates,” he said.

The representative from Aurora attended a senatorial forum on Wednesday organized by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) where he had opposing views from another candidate invited to the same forum on the issue of foreign ownership limits.

Angara said he is open to the entry of foreign investors into the country as it would generate more jobs for Filipinos. The other candidate, on the other hand, said he is against lifting the cap on foreign ownership.

“Debates are really necessary. I try my best to attend every debate or forum that I am invited to. I hope my co-candidates realize the significance of the process,” he said.

“If the voters are aware of the candidates’ platform and stand on issues then they won’t just rely merely on name recall and popularity. We should provide every means possible for the electorate to vote wisely,” Angara stressed. (PNA)

PDS/JFM

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