Follow us for updates
© 2022
Read the Story →

Why Marcos Skips Debates? Filipinos Tired of Bickering, Says Spokesman

Don't look at it as avoiding the media.
by Erwin Colcol
Feb 9, 2022
Photo/s: Lisa Marie David, Reuters

Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos will not attend any debate or forum with fellow presidential candidates if it's only meant to pit them against each other, his spokesperson said Wednesday, claiming Filipinos are now averse to infighting.

Marcos is not avoiding the media, said Vic Rodriguez, who's also his chief of staff. Rodriguez cited the former senator's attendance in a two-hour live interview with DZRH and a pre-recorded sit-down with celebrity host Boy Abunda.

He declined to be interviewed by GMA News' Jessica Soho, accusing the Peabody award-winner of being "biased" against the Marcos family. He also skipped a forum by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.

"Kung ang direksyon lamang ay pag-away-awayin ang kandidato, I tell you now, hindi kami sasali dahil nirerespeto namin ang sentimiyento ng sambayanang Pilipino," Rodriguez told ANC in an interview.

"Pagod na ang tao, ang daming walang trabaho, ang daming underemployed. Ayaw na ng Pilipino ng awayan. Ang kailangan nilang marinig, bakit kita iboboto, ano ang solusyon mo sa problemang kinahaharap ng ating bansa?" he added.

Continue reading below ↓

According to Rodriguez, when a person is applying for the highest position in the land, he will not be quarreling with the hiring manager or his fellow applicants.

"It should be a presidential interview other than a debate. Hindi ka naman makikipagtalo sa magiging mga amo mo," he said.

"Magpapa-interview ka, and let your bosses or management choose among the best, and let them decide. Hindi yung makikipagtalo ka sa management or sa kapwa natin aplikante," he added. Marcos skipped the KBP forum citing conflict of schedule, which was later revealed to be another sit-down interview with broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas.


Are Journalists Biased for Asking Candidates Hard Questions?

GMA Rejects Marcos' Bias Claim, Says Tough Questions Must be Asked

Bongbong Says 'Biased' Means 'Anti-Marcos'

Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos

Reportr is now on Quento. Download the app or visit the Quento website for more articles and videos from Reportr and your favorite websites.

Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
Some relief from rising prices.
With the reopening of several local destinations, this app has never been more timely.
Landmark Roe vs Wade ruling of 1973 is overturned.
Its rise mirrors the rise of technology for the masses.
It cites global uncertainties for its move.
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.