27 Apr Cagayan de Oro City’s Final Debate For Mayor and Vice-Mayor Candidates is Set!
Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m., at the Limketkai Atrium, the debate of Cagayan de Oro’s bets for city Mayor and Vice-Mayor will be concluded, being the third and final debate prior to the May 9 elections.
The first debate was arranged by ABS-CBN and the Cagayan de Oro College-Phinma while the second was held at Xavier University.
The event chairperson, Gean Cesar, told that the debate will discuss crucial issues about peace and order, governance, health and sanitation, economy, education, food security, and the environment.
The debate is expected to last up to three hours in total. 1 hour is allocated for Vice-Mayoral candidates to grill each other and 1 hr and 30 minutes is designated for the stand-off of the city Mayor bets.
The invited aspirants for these coveted positions to attend the debates are coming off the city’s top three political parties; the Liberal Party, Padayon Pilipino, and Centrist Democratic Party.
This includes 2nd District representative Rufus Rodriguez, Reelectionist Mayor Oscar Moreno, and ex-mayor Vicente Emano for the Mayoral debate. While the Vice-Mayor debate will be joined by Joaquin Rainier Uy, son of 1st District Representative Rolando “Klarex” Uy, Reelectionist Vice-Mayor Ceasar Ian Acenas, and Councilor Roger Abaday.
According to the event chairperson, there will be an estimated 4,000 people to attend the debate. 1,000 of those seats are reserved for VIPs, 500 for each of the three political groups, and the remaining 2,000 for walk-in citizens.
Other concerns are anticipated to be addressed; women and children, urban poor, youth sector, transport sector, senior citizen, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and the Indigenous Peoples.
Ceasar told in an interview, “We organized this because we want the people of Cagayan de Oro to decide whom to vote especially weeks away nalang ang election.”
The area is expected to be closely guarded by the police and marshals to fend off any audience that might behave unethically.
The final debate is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kalayaan Cagayan de Oro, voters’ coalition Lihuk 2016, Parasat TV, and Limketkai Center.