Senator Grace Poe on Sunday said neither her allies nor her political rivals found to have violated the law will get immunity from suit under her “Gobyernong may Puso” (Government with a Heart).
Poe gave assurances that she will not stand in the way of justice regardless of who is involved.
“For me, everyone should do what is right for the country. If we violated the law, we have to pay for it,” she said when asked if she is willing to accept support from people with pending cases.
The senator noted that while she welcomes support from those who want to give it, it does not mean that she will turn a blind eye on the cases that they are facing, because the course of justice must always be respected.
More than 30 lawmakers, including Negros congressman Alfredo Benitez, have expressed support for Poe and her running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero.
The mayors of San Carlos, Calatrava and Escalante in Negros Occidental, as well as local candidates of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), also welcomed the tandem and their senatorial bets when they campaigned in San Carlos, Isabela and Bacolod City last week.
The lawmakers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao vowed to deliver 10 million votes for Poe in the coming May elections.
“The party-list coalition decided that individual members should go on their own free will, with their party. So here we are because we considered Sen. Grace Poe as the best President to support,” Butil party-list Rep. Agapito Guanlao said.
Poe, who visited Negros Occidental with her mother, actress Susan Roces, said the support of the congressmen is important because they can directly campaign in their respective districts.
At the same time, the senator said she will not intervene in the work of legislators if she wins.
The role of the President, she said, is to push for bills that will be good for the country.
“At the end of the day, we allow the healthy discourse among members of Congress to vote for what they think is right. So the President should set an example. But it’s part of the democratic system to have differing opinions every now and then,” she added.