Cebu City: Veteran actress Susan Roces will finally climb the Team PNoy stage to campaign for her daughter, Grace Poe-Llamanzares, when the Aquino administration’s Senate slate barnstorms the hometown of her late husband —San Carlos City, Pangasinan.
Llamanzares, the chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board prior to launching her Senate bid, made the disclosure at the sidelines of the jampacked Team PNoy campaign held before the majestic edifice of the Cebu provincial capitol.
“She will join me in San Carlos City, Pangasinan because that is the hometown of my father. You know my mom is not from politics, but she told me that she will campaign for me because she is responsible for me, that she can vouch for me,” Llamanzares told reporters.
Llamanzares, a neophyte politician, has Sen. Francis Escudero as her campaign manager.
Roces has earlier refused to join the campaign stage of the opposition slate United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) which has former President Joseph
Estrada as one of its leaders. Llamanzares was initially named guest candidate of UNA, but the opposition ticket eventually pulled out its support because of the refusal of Llamanzares and Roces to go up in the UNA campaign stage.
Estrada, who used to be a movie actor, was a very good friend of the late Poe and is a godfather to Llamanzares. Poe lost the Presidential race in the fraud-marred 2004 polls.
But Llamanzares has nurtured their family’s ties with Estrada even amid UNA’s pullout of support, even skipping the Team PNoy proclamation rally of local bets in Manila since Estrada is going against Liberal Party (LP) bet and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim. LP is the leader of Team PNoy coalition.
Llamanzares, however, clarified that her mother’s presence in Team PNoy stage doesn’t mean that they are severing their ties with Estrada.
“She is not severing ties. You don’t see her in Team PNoy campaign because she is not a politician. As for the Manila rally, I skipped it because there are friendships that you can’t give up. I don’t want to hurt anybody,” Llamanzares added.
In closing, Llamanzares said that much work still has to be done in her campaign, considering that she is yet to solidify her ranks in surveys.
Llamanzares’ rank has been ranging from fifth to tenth for the last two months.
“It is a roller coaster ride. I still have to go to certain provinces which supported my father, like Pangasinan, Isabela, Cagayan de Oro. It is hard to tell really if there are stones left unturned, because if I knew, I would have turned them all around already,” Llamanzares said.