The string of disqualification cases lodged by her opponents’ allies in an attempt to remove her from the presidential race is not enough to dampen the optimism of Sen. Grace Poe, who declared that she is already looking forward to the official presidential debates next year.
Poe said the debates, which begin in February, would allow her to present her agenda and platform of government to a bigger audience, saying voters deserve a political discourse that is about them and their needs.
“Ako hinihintay ko ang opisyal na debate sa darating na Pebrero. Maganda iyon para mailahad ng bawat isang kandidato ang kanilang plataporma. Iyon naman ang importante na malaman ng tao—kung paano ka makakatulong sa kanila,” Poe said.
The senator first bared her 20-point agenda during her declaration of presidential bid last September, the only candidate to have done so.
Poe assured her supporters that despite the recent rulings from two divisions of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) canceling her certificate of candidacy, she continues to be a candidate for president. Only the Supreme Court can judge her qualifications as a candidate, she said.
Poe’s legal counsel, George Garcia, has filed two motions for reconsideration before the COMELEC en banc and said their camp is prepared to take the fight to the Supreme Court if necessary.
“Hindi pa tapos ang proseso. Pero tayo ay makikipaglaban sa ating prinsipyo na dapat ay mayroong tamang proseso na makatarungan. Hindi naman po puwedeng basta na lang i–railroad ito,” Poe said.
The lone independent candidate in the 2016 presidential elections asked her supporters to help her explain to other voters that she is still a presidential candidate and her name will stay on the ballot until the Supreme Court says otherwise.
“Hingin ko na lamang ang tulong po ninyo kasi marami ang nagtatanong: hindi ba na-disqualify na si Grace Poe? So, kailangan i-explain na hindi pa naman tapos ang proseso,” she said.
Poe said she remains committed to running a positive campaign and not engaging in black-ops despite the legal hurdles being thrown at her by other political contenders.
“Muli, ito ay hindi para sa atin. Ito ay para sa kung ano ang magagawa natin para sa ating mga kababayan. Positive po ang ating campaign on how we can help the country,” Poe said. #