First on MNP: GMA-7 cancels its 'Hamon ng Bise' debate

By MediaNewser.com | Thursday, April 28, 2016
GMA-7 is cancelling what would have been the last debate of this 2016 election cycle as three of the six vice presidential candidates have begged off.

"Out of the six candidates, campaign teams pa lang nila Leni Robredo, Allan Peter Cayetano, and Antonio Trillanes ang nakapagcommit," says an insider who spoke to us on condition of anonymity. "Hindi na siya magiging debate kung kalahati lang ang lalabas kaya shelved na ang debate."

GMA-7 has yet to issue an official statement regarding the matter, but another source has confirmed to us that the debate has indeed been canceled.

Senatorial forum produced by Claire Delfin Media puts women and gender issues front and center

By MediaNewser.com | Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Samahan ng Pilipina Para sa Reporma at Kaunlaran (SPARK Philippines, Inc.) together with KaSaMa (Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan) hosted a senatorial forum Monday to talk about women and gender issues.

Entitled "Pinay Vote! Talakayan Para sa Kababaihan," the forum aims to create a platform to bring gender parity and women’s issues front and center in the current political landscape.

At the April 25 event held at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall, eight senatorial hopefuls — namely, Susan Ople, Risa Hontiveros, Greco Beljica, Roman Romulo, Lorna Kapunan, Larry Gadon, Shariff Albani and Sherwin Gatchalian — talked about their platforms and plans on these issues.

Duterte campaign: 'The mayor takes no offense against Karen Davila'

By MediaNewser.com | Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Duterte campaign has just issued a statement calling on the supporters of the Davao city mayor and presidential candidate to stop bashing ABS-CBN News anchor Karen Davila on social media.

"The Davao City mayor and leading presidential candidate learned yesterday that ABS-CBN anchor and debate moderator, Ms. Karen Davila, was bashed on social media Sunday night and accused of being biased against him," wrote Peter Tiu LaviƱa, a spokesperson for the Duterte campaign, on his Facebook page. "The mayor takes no offense against Ms. Davila. She was not at all biased."

ABS-CBN's PiliPinas Debate records 40.6% in national TV ratings

By MediaNewser.com | Monday, April 25, 2016
More Filipinos nationwide watched the five presidential candidates face off for the last time in ABS-CBN’s Presidential Town Hall Debate last Sunday (April 24), which recorded a whopping national TV rating of 40.6% – the highest among the presidential debates in Commission on Elections’ “Pili Pinas 2016” presidential debate series – according to Kantar Media.

ABS-CBN’s debate, held at the Phinma University of Pangasinan and moderated by Karen Davila and Tony Velasquez, outshined competing programs “24 Oras Weekend” (11.5%), “Vampire Ang Daddy Ko” (13.5%), “Ismol Family” (16.4%), and the “2018 Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup” (3.9%).

Full press release after the jump...

ABS-CBN gears up for the fourth and final PiliPinas 2016 Debate

By MediaNewser.com | Saturday, April 23, 2016
Happening two weeks before the national elections on May 9, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs head Ging Reyes said the Filipino people can expect all five candidates to give their best and go all-out as they try to pull away from what is shaping up to be the tightest race to the presidency in recent years.

“We encourage voters to watch the debate. Wherever they are, ABS-CBN, with the COMELEC, KBP and Manila Bulletin – through all its platforms – will deliver this very important event to the Filipino people.  Voters still have time to make up their minds about the candidates.  Listen to their proposed policies, analyze their plans, look beyond motherhood statements and empty promises.  This final debate is the last opportunity for voters to see where candidates stand on issues and how they differ,” she said.

Full press release after the jump...

ABS-CBN's 'Harapan ng Bise' scores high in nationwide ratings, trends worldwide on Twitter

By MediaNewser.com | Monday, April 18, 2016
Filipinos all over the country did not miss an opportunity to be more informed about the country’s candidates vying for the vice presidential seat last Sunday (April 17) as ABS-CBN’s “Harapan ng Bise” debate recorded a national TV rating of 21.4%, according to data from Kantar Media.

The debate held at the ABS-CBN compound bested “24 Oras Weekend” and “Vampire ang Daddy,” which only managed to score 10% and 13%, respectively.

Full press release after the jump...

Cheryl Cosim and Atty. Mel Sta. Maria to head up TV5's 'Aksyon sa Umaga'

By MediaNewser.com | Sunday, April 17, 2016
TV5 is bringing two of its top broadcasters to morning television.

Beginning Monday, April 18, Aksyon Tonite anchor Cheryl Cosim and TV5's resident legal analyst Atty. Mel Sta. Maria will team up to headline the new Aksyon sa Umaga, taking over the anchor desk used to be occupied by the trio of Martin Andanar, Lourd De Veyra and Jun Sabayton.

TV5 is still working out its structure, but sources are telling us that the show will move away from its current format and will instead be heavy on hard news, commentary and public service.

ABS-CBN forges agreement with Manila Bulletin, KBP and Comelec for the final PiliPinas 2016 Debate

By MediaNewser.com | Thursday, April 14, 2016

Representatives of the Presidential candidates with ABS-CBN News head Ging Reyes, Karen Davila and Tony Velasquez, KBP chariman Herman Basbano, and Manila Bulletin EIC Dr. Jun Icban, Jr. at the MOA signing held at ABS-CBN. (Photo by ABS-CBN) 

ABS-CBN, Manila Bulletin, the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and the representatives of the five presidential candidates forged an agreement today (April 14) for the staging of the upcoming PiliPinas 2016 Presidential Town Hall Debate on April 24, dubbed as the final showdown of the presidential debates before the May 9 polls.

Full press release after the jump...

ABS-CBN to host its own 'Harapan ng Bise' debate moderated by Lynda Jumilla and Alvin Elchico

By MediaNewser.com | Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Updated: April 15, 2:43PM

ABS-CBN, via its flagship newscast TV Patrol, has just announced that it would host a vice presidential debate under its own Harapan series, just a week after the CNN Philippines PiliPinas debate.

The Harapan ng Bise debate, which is being solely produced by the Kapamilya Network, will be moderated by Beyond Politics host Lynda Jumilla and TV Patrol Weekend anchor Alvin Elchico, who will both serve as pre- and post-debate anchors at the final PiliPinas presidential debate just a week later.