PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd does not want Senator Grace Poe to run for president next year, Senator Sergio Osmeña said on Tuesday.
Osmena said Aquino has been meeting with Poe to convince her to be the running mate of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the presumptive standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).
“The President wants Grace out of the presidential picture and to run as the VP of Mar (Roxas) because he feels that the votes of Grace will go to Mar,” Osmena, a known political strategist, said.
On the other hand, the senator said Poe is hoping to get Aquino’s nomination believing that the president has no other choice because of Roxas’ poor survey ratings.
Osmena however said he expects Aquino to stick with Roxas, a decision that could lead to serious implications because of the possibility that some LP members may join other political parties with stronger candidates.
“You will see when the campaign season start that many LP members will transfer to stronger candidates,” he added.
When that happens, Osmena said, Roxas can only blame himself for not being able to improve his ratings.
The senator expects Poe to team up with Senator Francis Escudero in 2016 but he admitted that it is difficult to say who among the possible presidential candidates will dominate the polls.
Osmena said he expects a four way fight between Poe, Roxas, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.