Pacman to Comelec on face-to-face debates: ‘No advance questions please…’

Pacman to Comelec on face-to-face debates: ‘No advance questions please…’

Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee hold hands while walking when they visited the Carabao Center in Nueva Ecija during a provincial campaign sortie in this file photo.

MANILA — PROMDI presidential aspirant Sen. Manny Pacquiao has asked the Commission on Election (Comelec) to reconsider its position on giving advance topics and questions to candidates in the forthcoming face-to-face debates.

According to Pacquiao, these debates are meant to provide the people an informed choice about their candidates, the quality of their leadership, and their style of governance.

He reminded the Comelec that the poll body’s mandate is not only to ensure an honest and clean election but also to provide the electorate the avenue to make the right decision.

Pacquiao said presidential candidates who shun public debates and refuse to be subjected to full public scrutiny are obviously not ready to lead the country.

“Tumatakbo kang Presidente tapos hihingin mo iyong mga tanong? Kailangan ready ka sa mga tanong kasi tumatakbo kang pangulo ng Pilipinas. Dapat hindi ka mapili sa tanong kasi ‘pag tumatakbo kang pangulo ng Pilipinas, as much as possible, lahat ng tanong puwedeng itanong sa iyo dahil ikaw ay nag-a-apply na maging lider ng bansa. Kailangan open ka sa lahat ng mga tanong, hindi iyong pipiliin mo iyong mga tanong,” the People’s Champ said in a media briefing while conducting sorties in Pangasinan.

“Tumatakbo kang Presidente dapat handa kang harapin iyong mga tanong na maaring ibabato sayo. Handa kang sagutin at hindi iyong aalamin mo iyong mga questions. Mahirap iyan, “ he cited.

Pacman said it is best for the COMELEC not to provide advance questions so that the electorate can truly get a sense of the “purity” of their intention in seeking the presidency.

When asked about the pre-condition of some candidates that they should get advance questions and topics before agreeing to join face-to-face debates, the senator replied:

“Siguro para hindi sila magkamali at mapag- aralan nila ang mga sagot nila. Pero mas maganda on-the-spot ang tanong para mabigla.”

“Makikita mo iyong purity kung anong nilalaman ng kanilang puso, kung tunay ba o hindi ‘di ba?” he queried.

“Ako nga hindi naman ako nanghihingi ng mga advance questions eh. Ready naman ako pero may mga ganun ‘di ba? Dapat walang hingian. Surprise kung surprise,” he noted.

Pacquiao said that the people should not entrust the future of the nation to candidates who refuse to participate in simple debates because they will take no responsibility for their actions.

These candidates, he said, also have no intention to serve the public good and are only driven by their greed for wealth and power.

“Debate palang natatakot na. Paano ‘pag nanalo kana. Natatakot baka magnakaw naman ng pera ng gobyerno ‘di ba? Pero karapatan naman nila iyan na hindi mag-attend ng debate pero ang taongbayan kasi gusto nilang malaman iyong plataporma mo, iyong plano mo sa kanila, plano mo sa taongbayan, plano mo sa bansa para sa kinabukasan,” the boxing icon said.

“At the end of the day kung failure ang administration niya tapos maghanap ka ng accomplishments sabihin niya bakit nangako ba ako sa inyo? Pag sa debate nangako ka ng pagbabago at di mo natupad pwede mo balikan, pwede mong isumbat,” he added.

Pacquiao said that these days, it is easier for the public to demand a performance audit on their leaders because every promise they make is now recorded digitally and can be easily accessed by the public.

“Naka record lahat ang interview ngayon so kahit umabot pa ng 10 taon eh nanjan pa rin,” he stressed. (ai/mtvn)

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