SENATOR Grace Poe will declare her intention to seek the presidency once President Benigno Aquino 3rd has announced the administration party’s standard bearer in the 2016 elections.
In fact, an informant from Poe’s camp claimed that the resignation of Sen. Francis Escudero from two powerful Senate committees is an indication that the Poe-Chiz tandem is a done deal.
“She is running 100 percent. Chiz has emphasized delicadeza in quitting his posts. By delicadeza means other government officials who are definitely seeking higher elective posts next year should follow suit,” the source, a lawyer, told The Manila Times.
Another Poe camp insider, said the “period of discernment” where the senator is now should be taken to mean that “she’s almost there.”
“A few more things and that’s it. Declaration (to run for president) is just around the corner,” the source, a former government official, said.
The first source, whose group is tasked to defend Poe from all sorts of legal challenges, including questions about her citizenship, said Aquino’s “anointment” is likely to come first before the official announcement of the Poe-Chiz team up.
Aquino has repeatedly insinuated that Roxas will be his most likely successor. A Palace official recently told the Times that the President has already made up his mind on Roxas but that Aquino really wanted Poe to run with the Interior and Local Government secretary.
Asked if there are still last-ditch efforts from Aquino to convince Poe to run with Roxas, the lawyer replied: “None. The matter is non-negotiable from the start. She wants to run with Chiz.”