Former Bacolod congressman and gubernatorial aspirant John Orola said that he accepts the debate invitation of UP Law Alumni Association – Negros Occidental Chapter co-hosted by Inquirer, at the USLS.
Orola, however, prefers a face to face, direct debate with his rival only, and no other aspirants should be there, a press release from his office said.
Debate is not just a face off of ideas of persons, but a frontal demonstration of their character, sincerity, integrity, and whether or not they talk sense or not, he said.
Faceless, or connected by internet frequencies, which is often blurred by erratic electronic wave frequencies, or simply hardly real time encounter, debate becomes vulnerable tool of manipulation and deceit which will defeat the real essence of debate, Orola said.
The current Alert Level 3 status of Bacolod remains manageable, and that debaters can still observe health protocols, thus making face to face debate not only possible, but really lively and entertaining, he said.
Orola, earlier, called on event organizers to reconsider his request for a preferred face to face debate, than just zoom room system.
He, however, insisted that the target viewers and listeners, may not be able to see the sincerity, truthfulness and integrity of his rival, incumbent Gov. Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson, because under such arrangement, his rival might be aided by electronic gadgets, teleprompter, or coaches, and this will thus defeat the essence and purpose of debate which is frontal confrontation, no guides and props, and simply extemporaneous.
Orola hopes the organizers redo the rules to make the debate truly fair and square according to the format of a Town Hall Meeting, which Duterte administration has already practiced with its successful conduct of townhall consultations nationwide on the administration development agenda.*