• Grace: I’m qualified to run for higher post in 2016

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    THE KING AND I Sen. Mary Grace Poe, as a child, with her father, Fernando Poe Jr. PHOTO FROM SENATOR POE’s FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

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    Sen. Mary Grace Poe, as a child, with her father, Fernando Poe Jr. PHOTO FROM SENATOR POE’s FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

    Sen. Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares on Wednesday insisted that she is qualified to run for a higher elective position in next year’s elections as she debunked issues raised by the spokesman for the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) who claimed she fails to meet the residency requirement for anyone wishing to become the nation’s leader.

    “Hindi totoo na ako ay hindi kuwalipikado. Kuwalipikado po ako pero hindi pa ako kandidato at hanggang ngayon, ang iba nga may commercial na, ako naman po ay nag-iisip at nagninilay-nilay pa [It’s not true that I’m not qualified. I am qualified but I’m not yet a candidate. While there are those who already have television and radio commercials on air promoting themselves, I’m still thinking about my options],” she told reporters.

    Poe studied and lived in the United States and even acquired American citizenship, which she renounced when she went home for good after her actor-father, action star Fernando Poe Jr. or FPJ, died in late 2004.

    She said she meets the Constitution’s 10-year residency requirement for candidates for President and Vice President.

    “I was already here since 2005. My children’s school records would show that they were already enrolled in schools here at the time. Even the title to the house we acquired here would prove that. I wrote 6 months and 6 days in my certificate of candidacy in the 2013 elections because our house in the US was sold in April 2006. I thought then, the question might have been referring to that,” the senator said in Filipino.

    Poe’s statement was sought by reporters on Wednesday, a day after Navotas City (Metro Manila) Rep. Tobias Tiangco, interim president of UNA, made a public statement that the senator is technically disqualified to run for either President or Vice President in the 2016 elections because she falls short of the residency requirement.

    Tiangco denied that UNA was trying to convince Poe to be the running mate of Vice President Jejomar Binay in next year’s elections.

    When asked about his motive for questioning Poe’s qualifications, he was adamant that it was not about Poe’s rejection of a tandem with Binay but a matter of honesty that the senator has been repeatedly raising.

    Poe signed the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee report that recommended the filing of plunder charges against Binay largely based on unexplained wealth because the Vice President has not been transparent in dealing with corruption allegations hurled against him.

    Answering Tiangco’s allegations, Poe said, “Why did I declare in my COC (Certificate of Candidacy) that I was a resident of the country for 6 years and 6 months? Because that was my count before May 2013. The question did not indicate if it was by May 2013 or on May 2013.”

    She added that by experience, she had to be prudent in providing information to the Comelec.

    “That’s why I made October 2012 or the day of the filing of COCs as the end period of my actual residency,” she said also in Filipino.

    “I’m not a lawyer but I’m honest and truthful. If you count the time I’ve been here in the country, I’m already way above the years that the law requires. So if the opposition says that I lack residency, there are many people who could attest that I’ve been here longer than what was required,” Poe added.

    She admitted that she felt slighted by accusations that she was dishonest.

    “Taglay ko po ang katotohanan, hindi po ako nagtatago sa inyo. Kaya nga po hindi ko kinakailangan magtago sa likod ng isang tagapagsalita [I have the truth and I’m not hiding from anyone. That is also why I need not hide behind the back of a spokesman],” she said.

    Poe also admitted that the opposition’s tactics questioning her eligibility are pushing her to make a decision about her political plans.

    “I admit that with all these happening, I’m constrained to spend more time thinking about my plans. I think my decision process was still at 50 percent, but now I’m being pushed to get closer to 100 percent,” she said.

    When asked to comment about issues raised regarding her citizenship, Poe disclosed that Sen. Francis Escudero had suggested that she answer the question by saying, “Ako hindi Pilipino? Eh yung height ko nga, yung ilong ko Pilipinong-Pilipino [I’m not Filipino? My height and my nose are giveaways that I’m truly a Filipino].”

    The Vice President said he had nothing to do with Tiangco’s statements against Poe.

    In a radio interview, Binay said it was the congressman who told him that Poe was allegedly short of the residency requirement as early as two months ago.

    “Sabi ko sa kanya, Toby, ‘wag ka nang nang makialam diyan, pabayaan mo na lang iba ang magsabi niyan. Eh kagabi nagulat ako, may nagsabi sa akin sinabi ni Toby ganito-ganito. Sa bagay na ‘yan kung bakit nasabi ni Toby e tanong niyo na lamang sa kaniya.

    “Ayaw ko nang makisawsaw diyan and, unang-una mahal ko pa rin si FPJ. Maigi po ‘yun maraming kandidato para makapamili ang tao. Pangalawa, hindi ko ugaling, kababaeng tao pa naman, kumare ko pang buo ‘yan [I told him, ‘Toby, don’t meddle in that. Let the others says that.’ But last night I was surprised when somebody told me that that Toby already made a statement. In that case, as to why Toby still did that, just ask him directly. I don’t want to dip my hands into that. In the first place, I still love FPJ. It would be good if more candidates will come out so that the people would have more choices. Second, it’s not my style to pick a fight especially with women, and she’s even close to me],” he added.

    WITH LLANESCA T. PANTI

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    16 Comments

    1. I Remember... on

      SO AMATEURISH!!!!
      “I wrote 6 months and 6 days in my certificate of candidacy in the 2013 elections because our house in the US was sold in April 2006.”

      Another BOZO that wants to be President…. OMG! That is so amateurish, she cannot do small research before filing her candidacy documents?

      Another PNOY in the making….

    2. Di puede balat sibuyas sa pagka Presidente. Sumagot kung sasagot pero hwag pikon.

    3. Una sa lahat, kailangan natin ng isang “honest servant”. Hindi natin dapat pag ukulan ng panahon ang residency issue. Bakit ngayon lang lumabas ang issue na ganyan. Supportahan natin at iboto si Senator Grace Poe.

    4. si joseph ang foster parent ni jesus. jesusmaryosep! yuung mga bata ni jembi, mag-alis kayo ng kulangot sa iyong mga isip. grace poe is a natural born pilipino citizen. to run for president or vice president, the identity of her biological parents is not required by law.

    5. grace poe is a natural born pilipino citizen. to run for president or vice president, the identity of her biological parents is not required by law. si joseph ang foster parent ni jesus. jesusmaryosep! yuung mga bata ni jembi, mag-alis kayo ng kulangot sa iyong mga isip.

    6. Ogold Azures on

      Palagay ko lang hindi siya ang makapagsasabi nito. Ni hindi nga niya alam kung sino ang mga magulang niya, lalo na ang nationality ng mga ito. Saan siya ipinanganak? Mga katanungan na dapat niyang sagutin. Paano niya sasabihin na natural born pinoy citizen kung hindi niya alam ang citizenship ng mga magulang niya at kung saan siya ipinanganak. Paano na kung sa ibang bansa pala siya ipinanganak at dinala lang siya sa Pinas para ipaampon kina Poe at Susan. Ano na ba ang edad niya ng makita siya sa Jaro, Iloilo?

    7. I hope the people rise up & vote in huge number for grace poe then lets see what the likes of bautista & tiangco say. Lets hear the voices of the people not of these scum. They use smoke & mirrors to defend the binays, but pretty soon the evidence will be presented in court to show the filipino people the thieves these people are. Then those that defend them, we should ask why do they do that, are they also thieves. Investigate them & if they are jail them for life with the likes of binay & corona & all people who steal from the people of this country.

    8. From the start of her life grace poe was at a disadvantage. has it held her back, no lets all be proud of her & people like her. Her experiences in life can only be a positive when working for the betterment of the people of this country. She has my respect & admiration

    9. P. Akialamiro it seems you dont think so. I wonder if you are one of these privileged people. I wonder if you think a dark skinned filipino isnt fit to run. Im not sure or her education qualifications & im not sure of the educational qualifications for any political post.
      Now i see that dirty sniveling little rat bautista ( binays lawyer ) is getting in on the act & saying she is a foundling & therefore stateless & so is disqualified for these positions. When asked why did no one mention it before he gave his typical scum answer. I would spit in that mans face if i ever saw him. Its people like him who want corruption in this country as it helps make him successful. If binay is found guilty then i would charge bautista for accepting illegal money defending a corrupt person. Put him in jail for life also.
      These people who go round murdering reporters investigating corruption & corrupt people should look at people like bautista. I wouldnt bat an eyelid if he were a target as people like him are the scum of the earth. he is a liar & a defender of thieves. I detest that man.

      • let the people decide by themselves, we are tired of these politicians with huge exeperience in politics and as well as with huge accounts in different banks. most old politicians acquired wealth with no competitive businesses. only in the philippines…..

    10. P.Akialamiro on

      But, Ma’am, with your background (education and work experiences), do you really believe that you are the ‘better’ or ‘best’ qualified to lead the country?

    11. being president is a tough job. it’s not enough that a candidate is honest, sincere, not corrupt, etc. he/she must be competent, with integrity, vision, maturity, wisdom.

    12. I bet you a million dollars si grace poe ay anak ni rosemarie. Can’t deny the resemblance, especially the eyes.

      • Calling Kim Henares, can you please check if this person bwtting 1 million dollars is paying the right taxes!!!

    13. Johnny Ramos on

      Grace Poe will be the first presidential candidate if ever she run to be a bonafide American citizen. She became an American citizen because she married an citizen of the U.S.. Before that she first became an U.S. immigrant before she renounce her Fipino status. She took an oath in front of the flag of the United States. Ito ba ang taong May pagmamahal sa bayan natin. She could have opted to remain an immigrant in order to preserve her Fipino citizenship. Take note she migrated not under duress or extreme financial difficulties. Pero ipinagpalit niya ang bansa natin sa America Gaya ng iwan niya ang tumulong kay FPJ nuon 2004. Ang mga kasama niya ngayon ay mga kaalyado ni GMA nuon 2004 election. Kung kaya niyang iwan ang bayan natin at mga kasamahan ni FPJ baka iwan niya tayo sa oras ng kagipitan.