The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) yesterday (February 18, 2016) issued a circular to all its members for the simultaneous airing on radio stations nationwide of the presidential debate to be held in Cagayan de Oro City at the Capitol University on February 21, Sunday, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. The debate is the first in a series of presidential and vice-presidential debates, dubbed PiliPinas 2016 Debates, to be organized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the KBP, and the four major television networks: ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, and CNN Philippines. The debate in Cagayan de Oro will be hosted by GMA.
The full text of the KBP circular which was signed by KBP President Ruperto S, Nicdao, Jr. and KBP National Board Chairman Herman Z. Basbaño is as follows:
“The first in a series of three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate to be held as part of the 2016 elections, will be held in Cagayan de Oro City at the Capitol University on February 21, Sunday, at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The debate is being hosted by GMA Network. It is a privilege for the KBP to be part of this historic event, both in organizing it and in bringing the debates to the Filipino people.
The KBP is therefore requiring all members nationwide to simulcast the debates on their radio stations. You may hook up with the GMA station or KBP stations that are airing the debate in your area. Only radio stations are allowed to simulcast the debates. Television stations that belong to the networks that are hosting the debates are only allowed to replay. Television stations that are not part of the hosting networks must get the permission of the host network to replay.
For news coverage of the debates, media are allowed to use two minutes of excerpt from the debates for each report. The use of excerpts longer than two minutes is subject to the consent of the host network. Please refrain from making commentaries during the debate to avoid any undue bias in the perception of viewers and listeners. Everyone is expected to observe fairness in reporting and observe the standards under our Broadcast Code before, during, and after the event.
Let us all do our share in helping the Filipino people make a wise and intelligent choice in the 2016 elections. We owe it to our country.
Thank you for your compliance.”