By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. will present his election platform during a radio interview today, January 25.
Marcos has agreed to be interviewed live on dzRH's special segment "Bakit Ikaw," from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., his camp said Monday.
He had skipped a TV program on Saturday in which presidential bets were asked by broadcast journalist Jessica Soho to give their stand on current issues. Marcos' spokesman said he refused to join the program because Soho was "biased" against the Marcoses.
During the dzRH interview, the candidate will be asked by the anchors, media reporters and citizens airing personal concerns to explain how the government can move the nation forward.
The Manila Times is a partner organization of the "Bakit Ikaw" segment and will be represented by Prof. Antonio Contreras, one of its columnists.
Marcos' camp said "Bakit Ikaw" is a detailed interview wherein applicants — presidentiables in this case — are given the chance to present their plans for dealing with long-standing domestic, regional and international challenges facing the Philippines.
"We designed an interview format that will communicate to the public both the policy preferences and the personal principles of each candidate," said dzRH station manager Cesar Chavez.
Among these challenges are expanding the coverage of the public health care system; preparing for calamities and mitigating the effects of natural disasters; eradicating inefficiencies and corruption in government processes; maintaining peace and order; and maximizing the nation's ability to leverage advances in science and technology to benefit the people.
"Voters deserve to know what is in the mind, as well as in the heart of someone they would vote for as president," Chavez said in a statement.
"We chose a one-on-one interview format to provide every candidate ample time to articulate their plans and their view. Let's give each candidate a fair and equal chance to make their case before the Filipino people," he added.
DzRH has invited all presidential candidates to participate in the "Bakit Ikaw" interview, which will be broadcast over all dzRH digital and traditional media platforms.
Other aspirants who have confirmed their attendance are Leodegario "Ka Leody" de Guzman on January 26; Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (January 28); Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao (January 29); and Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo (February 2).
"DZRH believes that every Filipino should have equal access to information on TV, cable, radio, websites or social media. This is why we make these interviews with presidentiables available on as many platforms as possible," Chavez added.