As his rivals in the May 9 elections attended the Comelec debate on Sunday evening, presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos met with several local chief executives and congressmen in his campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong City.
The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. was seen in a Facebook Live video of his spokesperson Vic Rodriguez meeting with several governors while the second round of the Comelec presidential debates was ongoing.
Among those present in the meeting were Quirino Gov. Dakila Cua, president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, and Camiguin Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo, who is running for governor of the same province in the May 9 elections.
Marcos declined to attend the debates organized by the Comelec, with Rodriguez saying they would rather continue with their face-to-face mode of campaigning for the May 9 elections.
Since the official campaign period began on Feb. 8, Marcos has only shown up in the presidential debate organized by SMNI. He declined to attend a similar forum organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and CNN Philippines, citing conflicts in his schedule.
Marcos previously said that he would attend debates only if his schedule allows it.