9 more Senate bets to test mettle in Harapan 2019's second run


Posted at Feb 23 2019 03:14 PM | Updated as of Feb 24 2019 02:57 PM

Nine senatorial candidates turned up at the "Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate" held on Feb. 17. Its second installment is set this Sunday, Feb. 24. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News


MANILA (UPDATE) - Nine more senatorial candidates will vie for the public's support as they tackle pressing national concerns at the second installment of "Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate" series on Sunday. 

The second of the 3-part series will be aired live at 7 p.m. on the ABS-CBN News Channel, DZMM TeleRadyo, iWant, news.abs-cbn.com and other ABS-CBN platforms online. On ABS-CBN Channel 2, viewers may catch the debates on "Sunday’s Best," after "Gandang Gabi Vice."

Among confirmed guests are former Pagsanjan, Laguna Mayor Abner Afuang, former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan, former Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, independent candidate Agnes Escudero, and former federalism Consultative Committee spokesperson Ding Generoso.

Opposition candidates Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and human rights lawyer Erin Tanada are also expected to attend. 

Former Sen. Sergio "Serge" Osmeña III backed out of the debate.

Harapan 2019 will follow a "town hall" format that will allow candidates to air their views on key national issues raised by the Filipino public. The debates will be hosted by veteran journalists Karen Davila and Alvin Elchico. 

DZMM and ANC will host specials 30 minutes before and after the debates to give viewers a behind-the-scenes peek and insights into the May senatorial race. 

The first run of Harapan 2019 last Feb. 17 topped local and international trending lists on social media. 

The maiden offering featured candidates Bam Aquino, Glenn Chong, Chel Diokno, Larry Gadon, Samira Gutoc, Florin Hilbay, Jiggy Manicad, Willie Ong and Francis Tolentino. Reelectionist Koko Pimentel backed out, citing matters he had to attend to.

The last installment of the debate is scheduled on March 3.