Eight candidates showed up at the first ever presidential debate organized by the Philippine Daily Inquirer held on Monday, February 8, 2010. The event was held at the University of the Philippines Theater in Diliman Quezon City.
In attendance were frontrunners Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Villar, administration bet Gilbert Teodoro, Senators Richard Gordon and Ma. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, evangelist Eddie Villanueva, Nicanor Perlas, and JC de los Reyes.
The candidates answered questions from the audience and nine panelists: opinion columnists Dean Raul Pangalangan, Father Joaquin Bernas SJ, Rina Jimenez David, Michael Tan and Cielito Habito, and Inquirer veterans Jorge Aruta (opinion editor), Raul Marcelo (business editor), Fe Zamora (senior political reporter), and Pam Pastor (youth section editor).