MANILA – Senator Grace Poe did not want to keep the ruling Liberal Party (LP) hanging and encouraged them to consider backing other potential vice presidential candidates for next year’s national elections.
The LP has been wooing Poe to be the running mate of their standard-bearer, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II in the coming general elections.
Roxas has even visited the neophyte senator in her home over the weekend. Poe, however, remained undecided if she would seek higher office in the 2016 elections.
“I told [him] he had many potential vice presidential candidates to choose from,” the senator told reporters, admitting that she would be meeting with the interior secretary again.
“I don’t want to mislead or to give false hopes. But what I’m saying is that at this point, I’m still deciding, I’m studying it and it’s up to them (LP) if they will wait. But I am thankful that their doors are open [to me] but I am not encouraging them to wait if this is against their plans or contrary to their position,” she added.
Although Roxas was willing to wait until Poe reached a decision, other LP members former Rep. Erin Tañada and Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda asserted that the political party could not wait forever.
“So I told him (Roxas) I understand they cannot wait for a long time, especially if they are organizing. But for me, he will not lose (a running mate) because the party has many to choose from,” Poe said.
“I will stand firm on what’s good for our country even if the courting is so sweet. What I’m saying, generally, is even if the courting is so sweet, the decision still lies in the heart,” she added.
The LP reportedly wanted Poe to run alongside Roxas to boost the latter’s fairings in the elections. Poe topped the latest presidential preferences surveys while the interior secretary ranked either third or fourth.
The senator has already set a deadline for her to come up with a decision in the coming elections but did not disclose when this date was.
Not completely shunning the LP, Poe was asked if she still had political plans with possible running mate Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. The senator stayed mum but clarified that Roxas and Escudero remained her friends sans politics.
Roxas, for his part, only shared few details about his four-hour meeting with the senator.
“We had a nice talk… But allow us to keep the details to ourselves for now, since we have agreed to meet again,” he told reporters in a different interview.
Escudero, on the other hand, did not know about the meeting and clarified that he and Poe had not yet talked about their plans for the 2016 elections. He assured, however, that he would support whatever decision she would make.