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the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the op­po­si­tion -- only. “Grant­ing Otso Diretso’s re­quest would be tan­ta­mount to giv­ing pref­er­en­tial treat­ment to some sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates or slates,” said Jimenez.

If so, he said it would be dif­fi­cult to con­duct a de­bate in­volv­ing all sen­a­to­rial can­di­dates in the May 13 elec­tions.

“It would be prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble, lo­gis­ti­cally, to con­duct mean­ing­ful de­bates in­volv­ing all 62 can­di­dates,” he said.

Jimenez also re­it­er­ated that hold­ing a de­bate is im­pos­si­ble given the prox­im­ity of elec­tion date.

“There are con­sid­er­able time con­straints, with only about two months re­main­ing,” he said.

Ear­lier this week, Jimenez said that the re­quested de­bate is al­ready “un­likely” given time con­straints since “or­ga­niz­ing a de­bate is not an overnight job.”

Last week, can­di­dates un­der the Otso Diretso slate asked the Com­elec to or­ga­nize their long sought de­bate with HNP after the lat­ter de­manded that there be a third party or­ga­nizer for the de­bate.

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