Progressing ‘The Path Ahead’

The Way Forward, CNN’s Highest-Ranking Talk Show, Returns for its Second Season with a New Lineup of Guests in Palawan

The riveting and innovative talk show, The Way Forward, is set to embark on its second season with a fresh set of intriguing guests who are bound to captivate viewers on Tuesday nights.

The season kicked off with interviews from prominent figures such as retired MGen. Juancho Sabban, Flag-Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Toribio Adaci Jr., and Kalayaan Vice Mayor Beltsazar Alindogan, all of whom shared their unique insights and experiences related to national security, diplomatic relations, and economic development within Palawan and the West Philippine Sea.

Retired LtGen Juancho Sabban expressed his support for the resumption of oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea, particularly in the resource-rich Recto Bank. He cited estimates by the United States Energy Information Administration, which suggests that Reed Bank could potentially contain significant oil and gas reserves.

In a similar vein, Vice Admiral Toribio Adaci Jr. advocated for a “whole-of-government approach” to safeguard the country’s sovereignty amid tensions in the West Philippine Sea, emphasizing the importance of modernizing the Navy and conducting joint military exercises with allied countries.

Furthermore, Kalayaan municipal vice mayor Billy Alindogan emphasized the need for infrastructure development and support for the local fishing industry in the Kalayaan Island Group, underscoring the potential for economic growth and livelihood improvement for the island’s residents.

Hosted by the dynamic Atty. Karen Jimeno, The Way Forward promises to delve into more complex issues related to the blue economy, climate change, renewable energy, and national security, with a lineup of esteemed guests including former NAPOCOR Chairman Guido Delgado, Secretary Robert Borje of the Climate Change Commission, tech innovator Mario Domingo, and Mayor Norman Ong of Rizal, Palawan.

Produced by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, the show serves as a platform to shed light on the country’s maritime and archipelagic identity, featuring firsthand accounts from local fishermen impacted by foreign intrusions in the region.

The second season of The Way Forward will air every Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CNN Philippines, with replays and online viewing options available for audiences to engage with this thought-provoking and enlightening series.

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