Debates Now!

Debates Now!

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The Legal Network for Truthful Elections Philippines started this petition to Commission on Elections and

“Debates Now!”

We call on COMELEC to conduct debates between the proponents and the oppositors regarding the proposed division of Palawan through the four major local radio stations in the province with only eleven (11) days remaining before the Plebiscite Day. Based on our observations and discussions with numerous stakeholders, it was found that the information about the advantages and disadvantages of dividing Palawan remains extremely limited.

The inaccessibility of information of the Palaweños is a result of the following:

  1. Limited face-to-face interactions;
  2. No local television channel is focused on the plebiscite information campaign;
  3. Weak and limited internet connection due to geographical location and/or logistics which have placed some voters at a clear disadvantage; and
  4. Limited number of audiences during pulong-pulong activities conducted by local COMELEC field offices.

Improved access for the Palaweño voters to sufficient and timely information on the proposed division of Palawan and the conduct of the plebiscite ensures transparency – a hallmark of genuine electoral exercise. The right to seek, receive and impart information concerns the right of the voters to gain and share knowledge and opinions, and this is necessary to form their will regarding the electoral competitors, whether proponents or oppositors. 

The conduct of debates between the proponents and oppositors, through the four major local radio stations in Palawan, would ensure that more Palaweños have access to vital information that they can use when they troop to the schools to vote on March 13, 2021.

The following are the signatories:

  • LENTE – Palawan State University (PSU)
  • University Student Government, Palawan State University (PSU)
  • Federation of Supreme Student Councils, Western Philippines University (WPU)
  • University of the Philippines (UP) – Palaweños
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