Cagayan de Oro City will host the first “Pilipinas Debates 2016” for presidential aspirants in the May elections.
“Pilipinas Debates 2016” is organized by the Commission on Elections and media organizations.
Six presidential aspirants have confirmed that they will attend, said Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista.
Running in the presidential race are Vice President Jejomar Binay, Manuel Roxas II, Sen. Grace Poe, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and OFW Family Club party-list Rep. Roy Señeres.
Three presidential debates are being organized in the next three months.
The first would be held at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City on Feb. 21 to be led by GMA-7 and Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The second will be organized by The STAR, TV5 and BusinessWorldeither at the University of San Carlos in Cebu or University of the Philippines-Visayas in Iloilo on March 20.
The third and last debate will be held at the University of Pangasinan on April 24 by Manila Bulletin and ABS-CBN.
A vice-presidential debate will be held in Metro Manila by CNN Philippines, Business Mirror and Rappler on April 10.
The last time the Comelec held such a debate was in the 1992 presidential elections.