Next Sunday (May 31) at 10 pm, viewers will meet five possible presidential candidates in the 2010 elections. They all agreed to address allegations and national issues on the primetime telecast of Countdown to 2010: An ANC Leadership Forum on ABS-CBN Sunday's Best.
Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, Senator Richard Gordon, Governor Ed Panlilio, Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, and Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. participated in the TV forum. This event was part of the multiplatform launch of ABS-CBN's "Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo: Ako ang Simula," a movement which aims to educate and empower the Filipino youth to use their right to vote and make the 2010 elections work.
Each guest took the hot seat for ten minutes, where they were quizzed by ANC anchors Tina Monzon-Palma and Ricky Carandang on their personal stands, transparency, and competence.
Monzon-Palma inquired on Sen. Escudero's 2007 election funds, Carandang questioned Sen. Gordon's accomplishments, Sen. Roxas was asked if he's just using fiancée Korina Sanchez, while Panlilio gave his stand on the use of contraceptives. Teodoro, a staunch ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, also had to answer if he was ready to be the Philippines' John McCain.
Afterwards, all guests were gathered onstage to answer character-revealing questions from the audience, like the last book they've read to the best thing the Arroyo administration has done.
The audience, composed of students, the academe, and the media, actively reacted throughout the no-holds-barred affair, which was organized by the ANC and the Ateneo School of Government and held inside the Loyola Campus of the Ateneo De Manila University.
"The forum is the first of its kind on Philippine TV. We're very happy because tonight the youth got to see who these potential candidates are and what they stand for," said ANC Chief Operating Officer Glenda Gloria. She added they have also begun inviting the other presidential aspirants who weren't present that night for the Leg 2 of the forum.
Catch the primetime telecast of Countdown to 2010: An ANC Leadership Forum and see how Escudero, Gordon, Panlilio, Roxas, and Teodoro fared next Sunday (May 31) at 10 pm on ABS-CBN Sunday's Best.