PUERTO PRINESSA City – Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe has confirmed that popular actor Coco Martin joined her campaign for the first time on Thursday.
”He has requested this for a long time. We have been talking about it. But this time, he said he is doing this – well, he knew me, he knows my platforms – as a voter,” Poe said in media interview upon her arrival at the Puerto Princesa City airport on Thursday afternoon.
Martin, a lead actor in the television series “Ang Probinsyano”, on Thursday joined Poe’s sortie for the first time in Bacolod City and flew to Puerto Princesa in the afternoon for another rally to be held at the Baywalk in the evening here.
Poe believed that Coco Martin will boost her presidential bid “because he is very popular and a lot of people are watching ‘Ang Probinsyano.’
The ‘Ang Probinsyano’ is a TV remake of movie film that was portrayed by Poe’s adoptive father, the late Fernando Poe Jr.
In the same media interview, Poe denied reports particularly in social media that she paid the crowds just to attend some of the her campaign sorties in the provinces.
According to the reports, Poe paid Php25,000 for one bus and Php1,000 each for those who attended the politically rally in Cagayan de Oro City last Wednesday night.
”Hindi totoo ‘yon. Ako, wala ako binabayaran na ganoon. Kayo rin naman mismo ang nagsasabi, kung meron kaming rally, minsan sasabihin nyo ay hindi ganun karami (tao) o un iba umaalis,” Poe told the media.
Poe, however, said the organizers of the Cagayan de Oro have invited people to attend the rally.
”It is true that many people attended the rally and you cannot avoid the traffic because of people on the streets but we have no budget for that,” she said, referring to Php1,000 per head.
In wooing the voters of Negros Occidental and Palawan, Poe and her running mate Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero reiterated their commitment to invest Php300 billion each year in agriculture and use the maximum potential of the tourism industry in Palawan.
The two candidates of the Partido Galing at Puso also vowed to continue the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) by including the livelihood program to help those who would graduate from the program find permanent source of income.
To curb unregulated fishing in the country’s waters, Poe wants to incentivize community-based volunteer groups that keep watch on Philippine coastal waters.
Poe said she was counting on a participatory approach to help salvage the dismal condition of the fisheries industry, which employs 1.4 million Filipinos.
“Our waters are gravely exploited. Our fishermen are almost left with no fish to catch. We must empower civilian sea patrol forces so that the livelihood of our fisherfolk could be protected,” Poe said. Jelly Musico/PNA/northboundasia.com