The Manila Times : Full House in Concepcion's 'Kandidatalks'

20 March 2022

By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times

TWO days after he snubbed the debate sponsored by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), frontrunner Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will join Go Negosyo's "Kandidatalks," together with his rivals in this year's presidential race.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria "Joey" Concepcion 3rd said that for the first time in this year's national elections, all the candidates for Philippine president will participate in the same series of broadcast interviews.

"I am heartened to see that all of the candidates for the highest office in the land have decided to participate in Kandidatalks," Concepcion said in a statement.

"It is a rare achievement, and tells us how important it is for the country's next leader to prioritize the welfare of the country's micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)," he added.

Go Negosyo's "Kandidatalks: Negosyo, Trabaho at Kalusugan" series, which will begin on Monday, March 21, has rounded up all 10 candidates for the country's highest post.

The two top contenders for president will bookend the show, with Marcos appearing on the show's premiere on March 21, and Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, who will guest in the finale on March 25.

The show will be streamed daily at 10:30 a.m. starting March 21 to 25 over the Go Negosyo Facebook page and broadcast over One PH (Cignal Ch.1). It will also be broadcast over One News (Cignal Ch. 8) at 5:30 p.m.

Concepcion, founder of Go Negosyo, will join journalist and news anchor Cheryl Cosim to ask some of the candidates about their plans should they become the country's next president.

Marcos will be joined by fellow candidate Jose Montemayor Jr. They will be followed by Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and labor leader Leodegario "Ka Leody" de Guzman (March 22), Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and former Defense chief Norberto Gonzales (March 23), and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso and former Palace spokesman Ernesto "Ernie" Abella (March 24).

Rounding up the series will be Robredo and Faisal Mangondato on March 25.

Organized by Go Negosyo and Bilang Pilipino, News 5's coverage of the 2022 Philippine Elections, "Kandidatalks" will focus on three issues that face the country following its two years of battle with the Covid-19 pandemic: the economy, jobs and health.

This would be the second time since 2016 that Go Negosyo has hosted a forum for presidential candidates.

Concepcion said that MSMEs have become more important as the country's economy begins to recover from the pandemic.

"Almost all of the businesses in the Philippines are MSMEs, and more than half of the jobs are generated from these small businesses. Our presidentiables should connect with this segment of the population because our future as a country depends on helping these small businesses," Concepcion said.

"Through Kandidatalks, we will get to hear straight from the candidates what their plans are for our MSMEs," he added.