MANILA -- Presidentiables once again presented their platforms Monday in another forum organized by the Foreign Correspondent Association of the Philippines (Focap) in Mandarin Hotel, Makati.

In attendance were Senator Noynoy Aquino, televangelist Eddie Villanueva, environmentalist Nicanor Perlas, Olongapo City Councilor JC delos Reyes, former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr., Senator Dick Gordon, and independent candidate Jamby Madrigal.

Former President Joseph Estrada and Senator Manny Villar failed to grace the event.

Among the topics discussed were taxes, priority measures, Visiting Forces Agreement, political dynasties, artificial contraceptives and political dynasties.

World Bank country director Bert Hoffman gave an overview of the Philippine economy during his welcome address. (Angela Casauay/Sunnex)