MANILA – Hearing that the election offense complaints filed against her were backed by some Liberal Party (LP) members, Senator Grace Poe questioned Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on his supporters’ alleged underhanded tactics to discredit her.
If the LP standard-bearer was sincere in offering her to be his running mate, Poe believed that Roxas should then know how to ‘control his supporters.’
“Secretary Mar, whenever we discuss, we talk straight. But you know, at the end of the day, if you’re a candidate, your leadership quality can be measured by how well you can control your supporters,” she said.
Being an adopted daughter of late presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. and actress Susan Roces, Poe was repeatedly asked about her nationality and residency.
Former senatorial candidate Rizalito David has even filed complaints against her at the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the Commission on Elections in relation to the issues.
Poe then claimed she received reports that some LP members supported the filing of the complaints. She was also displeased that some regarded her as ‘unripe’ to seek higher office.
Moreover, the senator stated that she was ready to defend herself and prove she was a natural-born Filipino citizen and that she was true to her commitment to serve the Filipino people.
Roxas, for his part, asserted that he did not know about David’s petitions. He also vowed to call on the attention of several LP members to see if reports were true.
“We (LP) do not have anything to do with what he (David) filed against Sen. Grace,” Roxas said, adding that he would not tolerate dirty tricks in his campaign for presidency.
The LP earlier disclosed that they will push forth a ‘positive campaign’ in Roxas’ bid for the presidency, refraining from ‘using black propaganda, dirty tricks and political mudslinging.’
No false hopes
Roxas visited Poe in her home over the weekend, as he continued pursuing her to be his running mate. Poe, however, earlier admitted being more confident running alongside Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero should she ever decide to join the presidential race.
The neophyte senator also disclosed that she did not want to give ‘false hopes’ to Roxas, although she was not completely shunning him out and was still deciding whether to run or not and for what position; but she did not ask him to wait until she reached a decision for next year’s national elections.
Poe encouraged Roxas to consider other possible presidential candidates as she believed that there were many others who were eligible to run for vice president.