Sen. Grace Poe will soon announce her presidential bid with Sen. Francis Escudero as her running mate, a Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) official said Thursday.
“NPC members are expecting Poe and Escudero to announce their candidacies soon. A picture is worth a thousand words. And the photos in Cebu and their other trips tell us that when Senators Grace and Chiz formally announce their plans to run for President and Vice President, this will be welcomed by a lot of people,” Rep. Mark Mendoza of Batangas, the NPC secretary general, said.
In the last two days, Poe has visited the University of San Carlos in Cebu, two universities in Dagupan and the Virgen Milagrosa University Foundation in San Carlos, City, Pangasinan — the birthplace of her father, actor Fernando Poe, Jr.
On Friday, she will be in Nueva Ecija for the Student Leadership Forum of Globe Telecom and the City Government of San Jose to be held at Constancio Padilla National High School Gymnasium in San Jose, Nueva Ecija.
“She exuded a genuine warmth. You could see how the students in the University of San Carlos reacted to Senator Grace when she spoke. They weren’t told to go there. They were there because they wanted to see her,” Mendoza said.
In Pangasinan, Poe was also seen being hugged by young school children.
“My fellow NPC members are drawn to her because she is a breath of fresh air. They feel this is what our country needs: someone who can inspire our people and give our people hope,” Mendoza added.
Poe has led surveys in the presidential and vice presidential races.
But Speaker Feliciano Bel¬monte, Jr. believes that Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, the standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party, can still catch up in the presidential race if he does something more than continuing President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s Tuwid na Daan (good governance) platform.
“I am very sure it has improved because he is now able to talk more independently, and he should make that point. I am not saying that he should keep his distance but the public would want to know, aside from continuing Daang Matuwid, what else are you gonna do?” Belmonte said.