SEN. Grace Poe has yet to decide whether or not to join the presidential derby next year because she is still “weighing things.”
Poe and Senator Francis Escudero on Sunday admitted that an endorsement from President Benigno Aquino 3rd will play a big factor in the 2016 national elections but that they have not made up their minds regarding their political plans. The lawmakers said they do not know what role they will play in next year’s polls.
Poe stressed that there are “a lot of things” to be considered, particularly how she can better help the people. Also, she has yet to determine if she can withstand the demands of a presidential campaign, having seen how her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., endured the electoral challenges when he ran for president in 2004.
Also, the senator admitted that she is afraid of making the wrong decision because she wants to protect the name of her father.
Escudero echoed Poe’s concerns, saying they have a lot to consider since they don’t have the the funds or machinery.
“No endorsement could convince us to run next year if we know that we can’t do anything to help the country,” Escudero said.
“Unlike other candidates who already expressed their intention to run in 2016, it is difficult to decide because we don’t have a party, funding and machinery,” he added.
Poe and Escudero were guests during the 2015 T’nalak Festival at the South Cotabato Sports Complex in the provincial capital, Koronadal City on Saturday.
It was their first public appearance together after their dinner meeting with Aquino and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas last week.