As the country awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on her disqualification case, Senator Grace Poe, the frontrunner in various recent presidential surveys, remains confident that the tribunal will rule in her favor.
“Not only am I hopeful, I’m confident because we have been truthful to them (SC). At sa tingin ko naman ay ang interpretasyon ng batas o ang diwa ng batas ay para bigyan ng proteksyon ang mga kababayan natin, lalong-lalo na ‘yung mga naaapi, (And in my view the interpretation of the law is always for the protection of the rights of the weak),” said Poe who visited Agusan del Norte Monday.
Poe said the High Tribunal’s ruling will finally put an end to speculations regarding her case.
The senator added that she will accept whatever decision the High Court will hand down.
“Kung ano man ang magiging desisyon ng Korte Suprema ay tatanggapin ko, pero ang aking ipinaglalaban dito ay para sa mga ibang batang katulad ko rin na doon talaga sa tingin ko dapat magkaroon ng malinaw na desisyon ukol dito (I will accept the decision of the Supreme Court, but what I’m fighting for is the rights of the children who are in the similar situation, there must be a clear decision on that),” Poe said.
The senator admitted that she is more concerned about disappointing her supporters because so many people are hopeful on her presidency and are looking forward to her promise to establish a government that really listens and is sensitive to the needs of Filipinos.
Asked about her feelings now that the SC is scheduled to rule on her case soon, Poe said she is at peace because her only intention in running to serve the Filipino people.
Poe recently has also been bombarded with black propaganda to create a notion that she too had been involved in irregularities.
The latest was a newspaper article claiming that she and her husband purchased a property in United States using a bogus Social Security number.
But the lawmaker dismissed the story, saying it is baseless.
“My husband and I have our official number. We have our own place in the US before we returned to the Philippines all the documents regarding that have been submitted to the court,” the senator noted.
“I did not steal from you, I did not deceive you nor have been remiss of my duty to serve. I am not like the people who they are trying to protect. I’m not a liar,” she stressed.
Poe lamented that there are people who resort to inventing stories to destroy her.
A group also criticized Poe for her failure to come up with a measure to protect the poor.
The senator said that while she is only on the first half of her term, she was able to pass several laws like Republic Act (RA) 10639 otherwise known as the “Free Mobile Texts During Disasters Act” and RA 10640 which streamlines the “Three-Witness Rule” of the Dangerous Drugs Act governing the seizure and custody of drugs.
She also co-authored six bills that became laws: RA 10635 (MARINA Act), RA 10644 (GO Negosyo Act), RA 10645 (Expanded Senior Citizens Act), RA 10653 (Income Tax Exemption of 13th Month Pay), R.A. 10654 (Amending the Fisheries Code) and RA 10659 (Sugarcane Industry Development Act).
With the help of her colleagues, Poe also institutionalized the free lunch feeding program for public school children nationwide to address malnutrition.
Poe, who was abandoned as an infant at the Jaro Church in Iloilo, is the first foundling to run for president.