The spokesman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) on Thursday said Senator Grace Poe and her running mate, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, elevated the level of discussion by drawing the public’s attention to pressing issues like tax reforms and inclusive growth.
Valenzuela City Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian said the Poe-Escudero tandem also highlighted the need for inclusive growth despite the “low blows” leveled against the two senators.
“Pardon the pun, but their response to the unfair and personal accusations thrown against them in the past few weeks can be summed up in three words: grace under pressure,”
Gatchalian said, referring to the complaints filed against Poe at the Commission on Elections and Senate Electoral Tribunal.
Poe has been leading presidential surveys by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS) since August.
“Rather than stoop to the level of their detractors, Sen. Grace and Sen. Chiz have chosen to stick to their platform and discuss the issues that affect the whole country,” the NPC official said.
“By hammering on the need for inclusive growth and the importance of ensuring that no one be left behind in the country’s quest for progress, as well as their repeated appeals to lower the income tax, the Poe-Escudero tandem has called attention to the issues that matter, and have forced other candidates and other groups to consider the poor and the margin¬alized in their respective platforms of governance,” he added.
Gatchalian pointed out that even Rep. Leni Robredo, the vice presidential bet of the Liberal Party (LP) admitted the need for tax reforms. He stand goes against that of President Benigno Aquino 3RD who junked proposals to cut taxes.
In her declaration speech in September, Poe said she will come up with a comprehensive program that will ensure that no Filipino and no region will be left behind.
“Sen. Grace and Sen. Chiz believe that this should be the tenor of the campaign, and, like them, we hope that black propaganda will take a back seat to constructive debate,” Gatchalian said.