On Loren’s public debate attendance

sen legardaIn the ANC show Headstart, Karen Davila asked Senator Loren Legarda, “Are you ever going to join the debates? People are asking why doesn’t Loren Legarda ever join the debates.”

Legarda replied, “basta imbitado niyo ako pupunta ako.”

To validate this claim, a tally of Legarda’s debate and forum attendance was made. Considering that it is a standard practice to invite all the senatorial candidates to the debates, it appears that Legarda did not attend any senatorial debate organized by ABS-CBN. Held in La Consolacion College, ABS-CBN's Harapan 2013 Senatorial Debate drew a majority of the candidates for the May 2013 elections. Joining Legarda in her absence, however, were fellow Team PNoy hopefuls Alan Cayetano, Chiz Escudero, Antonio Trillanes IV, Cynthia Villar and Jamby Madrigal.

Six UNA candidates also failed to make it to Harapan 2013: Nancy Binay, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, Jack Enrile, JV Ejercito, Senator Gregorio Honasan, and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Legarda was also absent in GMA-7's Pagsubok sa Kandidato and in the Town Hall series organized by Solar News in cooperation with the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

She did, however, attend one debate in GMA-7 (Umagang Hiritan) and the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Senate Forum. 

Show

Network

Format

Present

Absent

Harapan 2013: The Senatorial Debates

ABS-CBN/ANC

Debate

 

 

Harapan 2013

ANC

Debate

 

 

Headstart

ANC

Interview

 

 

Halalan 1-on-1

ABS-CBN

Interview

 

 

Umagang Hiritan

GMA-7

Debate

 

 

Kandidato 2013

GMA-7

Interview

 

 

Pagsubok sa Kandidato

GMA-7

Debate

 

 

Town Hall

Solar News

Debate

 

 

First Inquirer Senate Forum

Phil. Daily Inquirer

Debate

 

 

Aplikante

News 5

Interview

 

 

 


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This fact check was conducted by UP Diliman Sociology alumna Kate Villaflor.