Grace thanks ‘supportive’ president

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Embattled Sen. Grace Poe on Wednesday thanked President Benigno Aquino 3rd for saying that she should be given a chance to run in next year’s elections amid questions over her citizenship.

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“I am very touched that the President is sympathizing with my position. There’s a reason why President Aquino continues to enjoy a strong mandate and the approval of our fellow countrymen,” Poe said in a statement sent to reporters.

The pre-election frontrunner for President and Vice President, she was the President’s original choice to team up with the ruling Liberal Party’s presumptive standard-bearer, Manuel Roxas 2nd

The first-time senator–whom Aquino initially appointed as chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board–refused the President’s offer and last week declared her intention to stand for the presidency.

A radio commentator, however, has sought her disqualification from the Senate, arguing that Poe failed to meet the constitutional requirement pertaining to citizenship.

Separate cases on similar ground were filed with the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the Commission on Elections.

The President, in a television interview, said he is hoping that Poe gets the opportunity to be judged by the people in 2016

“With his statement, he’s showing that beyond the colors of politics, he believes in protecting the integrity of free and fair democratic elections,” Poe said.

‘Step down, save face’
But former senator Francisco Tatad also on Wednesday called on Poe to step down from her post as senator for her to “save face” over issues hounding her citizenship.

“Senator Grace Poe should resign for her to save face over her citizenship issue, same with what former senator [Juan Miguel] Zubiri has done beforehand,” Tatad told reporters in a forum in San Juan City (Metro Manila).

He was referring to Zubiri who voluntarily stepped down from office in 2011 amid allegations that he benefited from an allegedly massive poll fraud in the 2007 elections.

The Senate Electoral Tribunal would later nullify Zubiri’s proclamation. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd was then named as the duly elected senator and took the seat vacated by Zubiri.

“I believe that Senator Poe would be unseated because of her pending case before the [Senate Electoral Tribunal]. It would be bad for her if she would be removed by the [tribunal], now that she has declared her intention to seek the presidency,” Tatad, a columnist of The Manila Times, said.

Tatad is one of the personalities who strongly oppose Poe’s claim that she is a natural-born Filipino.

“The [electoral tribunal]is not about numbers, the law is very clear that Poe isn’t a natural-born Filipino,” he said.

“Grace Poe’s only mistake is that she wants us to believe that she’s a natural- born Filipino when in fact, she’s not. Poe is only a naturalized Filipino citizen, she’s already stateless at birth,” the former senator added.

DNA testing
The Senate Electoral Tribunal, according to retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno, should have ordered Poe to undergo DNA testing to ensure that the proceedings and their results would be credible.

“No one could stop the [electoral tribunal]in case it orders the DNA testing. Senator Poe would anyway agree to submit to such test. We can be assured that the proceedings are
independent if the [tribunal]itself had ordered the testing,” he said in Filipino.

It was revealed during oral arguments on Poe’s disqualification case last week that the senator had voluntarily submitted herself to DNA testing.

The objective, her camp says, is to once and for all determine her Filipino lineage.
Poe’s DNA samples would be matched with samples taken from a “possible biological sibling.”

WITH NEIL A. ALCOBER AND JOMAR CANLAS

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10 Comments

  1. Deja vu???

    Pasakalye sa Laglagan Blues gaya ng ginawa ni Cory kay Mitra, ay di malayong gawin din ni PNoy kay Roxas…it’s in the blood, ika nga. :)

  2. Aquino supportive? Only for himself and to save his party and all their crimes to be shielded by his appointed one.

  3. Its diplomacy Grace… dont be too gullible, for all you know its his yellow team who is behind all this disqualification move against you…

  4. Aquino is playing his cards well. He knew that his lapdog has no chance of winning and that Grace has a bigger chance so it is a must for him to stay cordial with Grace Poe because of the many legal suits he’s going to face when his immunity from suit is lifted. If Grace Poe win the election, there is a chance that she will pardon
    Aquino. This is why he’s saying to give Grace a chance to run in the election. Aba alam niyang walang panalo itong si Roxas, tapos ma disqualified si Grace…Paano na? He is sure to go to jail which he deserve. That is his karma!

  5. SALVACION CAHAYAG on

    No wonder this Aquino has two candidate for president. Roxas whom he anointed and
    Poe. If Roxas lost, then he will still have Poe. Remember Poe voluntarily declared that
    she will not bash Aquino. That means she is out there to support Aquino. So, Pilipinas
    expect the status quo if Poe wins. What will happen then to the DAP, Pork Barrel and
    Mamasapano issues. Will it just be ignored or taken for granted? Remember even
    the Supreme Court declared the DAP as unconstitutional. Common, Filipinos wake up.

  6. Nancy Bulok Cake on

    Yes, let her run as a candidate for President. But in the end she will lost the election everybody knows now who she is:
    1. Very ambitious to be president with a work experience of a clerical position in the U.S. and 2-year stint as senator
    2. Let her use the name Llamanzres in lieu of Poe and she will not make it
    3. Her sister is totally correct. She is not yet ready for the position.
    4. Does she not know that she is being manipulated by Escudero to become president by 2022?
    5. She will be the same as GMA.
    6. The stamps (to and from U.S. travels) on her U.S. passports indicate that she is not really willing to give up her U.S. citizenship. This is the true color of Poe: Convenience
    For Poe, you better quit otherwise you will suffer the inconvenience and embarrassment you will have after May 2016. TOO AMBITIOUS!!! LOL!!!

  7. this only shows how stupid pnoy is. he would rather leave it to the voters the fate of grace poe. this president is absolutely disrespectful of the constitution. what an arrogant fool!!!