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Obsessed with debate? Diokno: Hugpong focused on tarpaulins

Mar 14, 2019 @ 18:27

Abogado Chel Diokno believes it’s better to be “obsessed” with debates than tarpaulins.

Diokno on Wednesday took a potshot at Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) over its refusal to engage Otso Diretso senatorial candidates in a debate, saying campaigns should go beyond entertainment.

“Kung kami ay obsessed sa debate, e palagay ko sila naman ay obsessed sa tarpaulin,” he said.

Diokno said aspiring lawmakers should be adept at exchanging views in public.

“Sandali lang, ano bang gagawin natin sa Senado? Gagawa ba tayo ng tarpaulin don? Gagawa tayo ng batas, at pagdedebatihan natin yung batas na yan,” he said.

HNP founder and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has accused Otso Diretso of having an “obsessive disorder or fixation” on debates because of their challenge to other senatorial aspirants.

Otso Diretso asked the Commission on Elections to set a debate between its candidates and senatorial aspirants endorsed by HNP. However, the poll body said time wasn’t enough for such an event to be set.

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