• ‘Better for Poe to remain independent’


    Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd, a senior member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which has offered to adopt Sen. Grace Poe as its standard-bearer in next year’s elections, on Wednesday urged the pre-election survey frontrunner to run as an independent and pursue the vision of her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr.. popularly called FPJ.

    “On Fernando Poe Jr.’s birthday, honor his memory by running as an independent and fulfilling his vision to help the poor in this country,” Sotto said in a statement.

    The late actor, who was tagged as the King of Philippine Movies and posthumously bestowed the title National Artist for Film, would have turned 76 on Thursday, August 20.
    Poe Jr. passed away on December 2004 after he suffered from a stroke and slipped into a coma. He died at the age of 65 on December 14.

    He was the opposition candidate for President in a scandal-marred elections that had President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as winner.

    Sotto said Grace Poe running as an independent “would free her from special and political interests and will therefore put her in a better position to fight for the poor, which is what her father would have wanted.”

    “I likewise believe that our people would be better served and FPJ’s memory would be better honored if Senator Grace continues the “Bayan ang Bida” vision of FPJ,” he added.

    Sotto made the statements as the Liberal Party has reportedly continued to woo Poe to agree to run in tandem with the Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas 2nd.

    Poe, in separate interview, said she intends to stay as an independent if in case she decides to run for a higher position in 2016.

    She added that although she was part of the administration coalition during the 2013 mid-term elections, she has remained independent until today and she does not have any plans to change it.

    “I don’t belong to any political party, and if there are parties that will support me, I will still stay as an independent if ever,” Poe told reporters.

    The senator and her family will be at the Manila North Cemetery today (Thursday) to attend a requiem Mass to mark her father’s birth anniversary.


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    1. vagoneto rieles on

      The Philippines is far from being a country of laws, and is just as far from political maturity. This issue of Grace Poe’s citizenship, that of Juan Ponce Enrile’s bail; as well, Mar Roxas’ difficulty in finding a running mate and Trillanes’ offer of support to Poe were she to join his Magdalo party.. all these point to our not having a clue about politics. These issues are fine grist for the media mill, but bad publicity for the country. To be sure there are many more instances that highlight our immaturity, and our exclusively personality-centered political underpinnings; but they’re just too many to mention. The picture one gets today is that of a Mar Roxas, prepared to ignore a serious citizenship issue, so long as he is tag-teamed with a popular name; and, that of a pouting Grace Poe who would take back her ball and go home if the game does not go her way. She would probably consider an independent run.. (as if there were not enough amorphous and meaningless political parties..17 as of the last elections).. confident of the popularity of the ‘Panday’ and Susan Roces and convinced of her martyrdom.
      What a show.. what a spectacle!! Indeed, aren’t we a nation solely of ‘showbiz and gutter politics’?

    2. Jose A. Oliveros on

      Sen. Tito Sotto should be reminded that he is a member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal that will hear and decide the quo warranto petition questioning the citizenship of his fellow Senator, Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares. With his latest pronouncement he already showed his bias in favor of Poe-Llamanzares. If he has any delicadeza, he should voluntarily inhibit himself from the SET case.