SEN. Grace Poe on Monday shrugged off reports that she is being considered as running-mate of some presidential candidates, saying no one has formally asked her to run for Vice President in 2016.
She insisted that she has no plans to seek higher office.
Poe issued the statement over reports that Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) is eyeing her to be his running-mate in the 2016 national elections. There were also reports that she is also being considered by Sen. Francis Escudero, who reportedly is also planning to run for President.
Binay, during a gathering of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) in Cavite province, said he is open to the possibility of teaming up with Poe.
But the senator said she finds the Vice President’s pronouncement hard to believe since UNA dropped her and two other guest candidates of the opposition party at the height of the senatorial campaign in 2013.
UNA, which is headed by Binay, originally included Poe, Escudero and Sen. Loren Legarda in its 2013 senatorial line-up but removed them when they failed to join the party’s campaign sorties.
Poe was the front-runner in the 2013 senatorial race.
The senator said while she is grateful that there are some sectors who consider her fit to be the second highest elected official, she has no plans to seek a higher position at the moment.
“Nobody has approached me [about 2016], the only ones pushing me are those who supported the candidacy of my father [Fernando Poe Jr.] and I don’t want to count them,” she told reporters.
Escudero also downplayed reports on a Poe-Escudero tandem, saying these are merely “coffee shop talks.”
Like Poe, he said it is still too early to decide for 2016 and that there are more important things that need to be done in the Senate.