SENATOR Grace Poe on Thursday said she can parry criticisms regarding her eligibility to run for higher office as she gave assurances that she has no plans to deceive the public.
“I can assure our countrymen that I have been honest to them,” Poe said.
While there are questions on the dates entered in her certificate of candidacy (COC) that she filed in 2012, the senator said her physical presence in the Philippines will disprove allegations that she is not qualified to run for public office for lack of residency.
But Poe noted that she gave birth in the country in 2004 and even bought a house.
She added that the people also saw her regularly being interviewed at the height of the protest actions against former President Gloria Arroyo in 2005.
“The question about my residency is not true. And if they decide to file a case, we are ready to answer all issues and provide documents,” the senator said.
“The issue against me is not about corruption or incompetence, it is an attack on my personality,” she pointed out.
Poe said she is not the kind of person who will do anything just to get a position.
“My conscience won’t allow me to deceive the people just to be able to run for a higher position,” she told reporters.
Poe has yet to declare if she will run for President in 2016 with Senator Francis Escudero as her running mate.
Escudero also has yet to bare his political plans for next year.
The senator, a good friend of Poe, said he will support the latter in whatever capacity.
Poe meanwhile said that she can run even without Escudero as her running mate.
“That is the good thing of being an independent. We have our own decisions and initiatives. So even if I choose not to run, Senator Chiz can still pursue his candidacy if ever and vice versa,” Poe explained.