Poe: Campaign donors 'worried' over disqualification cases
TARLAC CITY, Philippines – Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe admitted on Friday, December 11, that campaign donors have been affected by the disqualification cases against her.
This, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) First and Second Divisions have both ruled to cancel her certificate of candidacy (COC) on the basis of her alleged questionable citizenship and residency.
But Poe seems unfazed, reiterating that she would continue the fight.
Despite cases against her, the senator said that she is still the same person, someone who is representative of what donors want in the next president.
“Ang paniniwala nila sa darating na taon, ang kinakailangan na lider ay tapat, mapagkakatiwalaan na may tunay na layunin para sa ikabubuti ng bayan. ‘Di naman nagpalit yun,” Poe said in a press conference on Friday, December 11.
(Their belief is that next year, what the country needs is a leader that's honest, trustworthy and someone who has good plans for the country. It hasn't changed.)
“Kung saka-sakali ako pa rin ito. Ako pa rin siguro ang napagkakatiwalaan nila kaya makikita mo na sila ay nag-aalala subalit patuloy pa rin ang kanilang pananalig kaya dapat ipaglaban ito,” Poe added.
(If ever, this is still me. I think I'm still the one they trust that's why you'll see them getting worried, but they continue to trust me. That's why I'm continuing this fight.)
Poe said she is confident that she still enjoys the trust and support of campaign contributors.
“Kaya kung sasabihin mo mang nabawasan ba, masasabi ko lang ito: Nagtatanong sila kung ano na susunod na hakbang pero sila po ay nagbibigay pa rin ng kumpiyansa sa akin na ang pinaglalaban namin ay tama at 'di sila bumibitiw,” Poe said.
(If you're going to say I have fewer supporters, all I can say is this: They are asking what my next steps are, but they continue to give me confidence that what I'm fighting for is right and that they are not letting go.)
Danding Cojuangco and NPC
The Nationalist People’s Coalition, the country's second biggest political party, is widely believed to be backing Poe and her running mate Senator Francis Escudero. The party is funded by its chairman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, the uncle of President Benigno Aquino III.
Despite the supposed ties, Poe said she has never met Cojuangco – a surprise to some as Cojuangco is believed to be among the financial supporters of Poe’s campaign.
Poe, however, said she would want to meet the business tycoon someday.
“Alam 'nyo maniwala kayo o hindi, ‘di ko pa sya nakakausap ever. I’ve not met him personally except to see him siguro, he was about 100 meters away during the wake of his mom. We have not spoken to each other. On the other hand, I would want to meet him,” Poe said.
(You know, whether you believe it or not, I haven't met him ever. I've not met him personally except to see him, maybe, about 100 meters away from me during the wake of his mom. We have not spoken to each other. On the other hand, I would want to meet him.) – Rappler.com
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