“The President’s Chatroom” is part of the election information campaign

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President Rodrigo Duterte (left) and senatorial candidate Greco Belgium (Screenshot)

MANILA – Malacañang said Sunday that the state-run show that features President Rodrigo Duterte interviewing senatorial candidates he has endorsed for the May 2022 elections is part of the national government’s information dissemination campaign.

The first episode of “The President’s Chatroom” aired on Saturday evening featured two senatorial candidates from the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), former Chairman of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Greco Belgica and Vice President of the Chamber Rodante Marcoleta.

“The President’s Chat Room aims to introduce select senatorial candidates and their platforms to a broader Filipino audience,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said in a press release.

He said viewers would benefit from knowing which candidates Duterte has personally endorsed.

“This is part of the government’s campaign to disseminate information about the 2022 elections and the candidates for whom President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pledged earlier to campaign personally, and once elected, they would ensure continuity of policies and programs of the current administration,” he added. .

People’s Television Network, Inc., in partnership with the Election Commission and the PCOO, launched “The Chatroom” last month to educate the public about candidate platforms and agendas.

Andanar has previously interviewed presidential candidates Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Senator Manny Pacquiao, Ernesto Abella and even known government critic Leody de Guzman.

Vice Presidential Betting, Dr. Willie Ong and other Senate candidates have also been in “The Chatroom”.

At the large PDP-Laban proclamation rally in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on March 31, Duterte endorsed 17 senatorial candidates, including six of the party’s seven senatorial candidates.

With the exception of former land reform secretary John Castriciones, Duterte voiced his support for broadcaster Rey Langit, actor Robin Padilla, former presidential legal adviser and spokesman Salvador Panelo and the former Executive Director of the Commission for Filipinos Abroad Astra Pimentel.

The President also endorsed Ancient Rep. Loren Legarda, Rep. Taguig Alan Peter Cayetano, Siblings and Former Senators JV Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada, Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero, former Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan, former Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, former Advocate Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, former Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, and re-elected Senators Joel Villanueva and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Nine of the 17 candidates are also part of flag bearer Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and running mate Sara Duterte’s UniTeam coalition senatorial roster, namely Estrada, Honasan, Legarda, Marcoleta, Padilla, Roque, Teodoro, Villar and Zubiri. . (NAP)

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