Sara Duterte defends Hugpong bets absence in Plaza Miranda debate: Walang ganung agreement

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte defends Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates after their failure to show up in the debate challenge by their rivals at the Plaza Miranda last Monday.

The lady mayor, who also manages Hugpong’s campaign, said there was no formal agreement with any of the Otso Diretso’s slate to engage in a debate showdown in Plaza Miranda.

“Wala naman agreement na sasali sa debate (doon sa Plaza Miranda) at walang agreement na mag-debate doon,” said Duterte.

Duterte said that HNP candidates were still willing to go head-to-head with their opponents should there be a formal agreement in the future.

“Willing mag debate ang some of the candidates but only if there’s an agreement about the rules, venue, yung mga ganun,” she said.

“There should be (dapat) merong organizer at meron agreement kung ano ang mangyayari. Hindi puwede yung parang bara-bara na parang palengke. Kapag meron debates, meron agreement (just like) how professionals do it,” she stressed

 Liberal Party-led Otso Diretso senate bets include Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, former Solcitor General Florin Hilbay, renowned election lawyer Romulo Macalintal and former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada went at Plaza Miranda lunchtime of Monday but no one from HNP showed up.

In an earlier statement, Tañada said that HNP candidates put Duterte in an “embarrassing position.”

Source: Politiko

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