Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday maintained that she just uses one Social Security number under the name Grace Poe Llamanzares and those who want to verify it could ask the United States Embassy in Manila.
This was the response of Poe to a news article published by a major daily (not The Manila Times) claiming that the senator had used two Social Security numbers while she was in the US.
“This is a matter that should be asked to the US Embassy in Manila for appropriate checking and crystal-clear information. But defending myself, in my heart, I just used one Social Security number with the name Grace Poe Llamanzares,” she said in a text message on Wednesday.
Based on the article, Poe allegedly had two Social Security numbers.
One was SSN 005-03-1988, which was supposed to have been issued on 1934-1951 in the state of Maine while the other was SSN 538-25-2008 issued in 1992.
The article stated that having two Social Security numbers is a federal crime.
“I hope that this issue is not under the aegis of destroying foes in politics,” Poe, a leading presidential candidate, said.
Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) Mayor Rex Gatchalian, the senator’s spokesman, dismissed the report, which he described as a mutation of ongoing black propaganda attacks against Poe.
“The details of the news article are without basis and absurd,” he said.
According to Gatchalian, SSN 005-03-1988 being mentioned in the article was not Poe’s Social Security number but the latter’s student identification number.
He said the student ID number was issued to Poe by Boston College when she was a student there.
Gatchalian added that the number corresponds to her enrolment date in the college.
“It’s sad that our opponents’ desperation has caused them to come up with ridiculous stories that are geared toward confusing the voters and tarnishing the good name of Senator Poe,” the Valenzuela mayor said.