Monday, February 08, 2010

See you at the Inquirer Presidential Debate in UP-Diliman today

I'll be in UP-Diliman this morning for the “Inquirer 1st Edition: The Presidential Debate.” You should be, too, if you're free, and want to tweet, live-blog, vlog or just observe the proceedings. “The forum, the first presidential debate to be organized by this newspaper, is open to all media—live bloggers and Tweeters included,” John Nery's primer on the event (in yesterday's issue of the Inquirer) made clear. Tara!

“In reverse alphabetical order, the candidates are Sen. Manuel Villar, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, ex-Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, Nicanor Perlas, Sen. Anna Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, Sen. Richard Gordon, Councilor John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes and Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. Estrada would be the ninth.

“They will face a total of nine panelists: Inquirer columnists Dean Raul Pangalangan, Fr. Joaquin Bernas SJ and Inquirer senior reporter Fe Zamora; columnists Rina Jimenez-David and Prof. Michael Tan and Inquirer youth section editor Pam Pastor; columnist Dr. Cielito Habito, Inquirer opinion editor Jorge Aruta and Inquirer business editor Raul Marcelo.”

“Unlike many other presidential debates, there will be no general question addressed to all candidates. Instead, each candidate will answer a total of nine specifically tailored questions or sets of questions.

“At least as planned, the design is meant to encourage a real exchange of ideas between interviewer and candidate, instead of the one-question, one-long-scripted-answer trap.”

More here. The event starts 10 a.m. at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.

I'll be flitting between the journo and blogger contingents in the audience (they still tend to flock to the same-feathered kind during press events). If you're a reader and you spot me, do say hi.

1 comment:

didinskee said...

Heard it was quite the affair to see. Inquirer did right by those tailored questions. The public knows better now, and that's what a newspaper is all about.

Really wish I left work the moment I found out, dang!

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