“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.