MANILA, Philippines — The Electoral Commission was not involved in a contract to hold presidential and vice-presidential debates at a hotel in Pasay City that had to be postponed due to payment issues, the organizer said on Saturday. Impact Hub Manila debate.
He said he would discuss these matters privately with Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila and other stakeholders, stressing the importance of candidate debates in helping voters choose the country’s next leaders.
The Comelec debates will be held on April 30 and May 1 after payment issues between Vote Pilipinas, a voter information campaign run by Impact Hub Manila, and Sofitel.
The debates are the latest stage of Comelec events linked to the May 9 elections.
“Unfortunately, the initiative between the two private companies has encountered some misunderstandings,” Impact Hub Manila said in a statement. statement shared by attorney Gideon dela Pena on Twitter.
“While there have been incomplete reports as to the cause of the miscommunication, Impact Hub Manila will refrain from publicly disclosing these matters and will endeavor to discuss them with Sofitel and other stakeholders privately,” did he declare.
“The place of the debates does not matter”
The startup said it doesn’t want to distract the public from what matters.
“It doesn’t matter where the debates take place. It only matters that the debates [will] still be detained. The public should have more opportunities to learn about the platform, background and credentials of those running for public office,” the group said.
On its website, Impact Hub Manila says it’s an incubation center for entrepreneursand that it is part of the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs with global headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
On Friday, Comelec Commissioner George Garcia told a streaming conference that the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) had offered its support to organize the debates on the new dates free of charge.
During the event, Comelec Commissioner Rey Bulay also apologized to the other candidates for the suspension of the mayoral debates and promised that they would investigate the incident. — Angelica Y. Yang