MANILA — Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo expressed satisfaction on Monday over the results of the first presidential debates, which the watchdog Commission on Elections (Comele) initiated in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, but suggested that the next presidential debates should exclude commercials.
“We learned a lot about the qualifications of the presidential candidates and their respective advocacies on many issues during the debates,” Castelo, chair of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, said in a statement.
“Let’s try to remove the commercials to enrich the public during these important political exercises,” Castelo said to stress that those commercials were more of distractions to the audience.
Castelo urged the Comelec leadership to take steps to ensure commercial-free presidential debates.
“The public would benefit greatly, if future presidential debates are devoid of commercial interest,” Castelo said.
The first presidential debates had a dozen or more commercials during its airing over a major television network, but it caused annoyance for the public, which appeared longing for more explanations from the candidates, Castelo said.
“We have to enhance the process to come out with intelligent choices,” Castelo said. ‘Those commercials should never be part of the process.” PNA/northboundasia.com