ILOILO City — Independent presidential candidate and Senator Grace Poe said on Monday being a front-runner in the different poll surveys is not an assurance that she will win in the May 9 elections.
”Of course, I’m praying that it (survey rating) would improve, but of course, I’m not also sure,” Poe replied when asked by the media if the Supreme Court decision favoring her candidacy for the presidency would further improve her survey rating.
Poe thanked the people for their continued support amid the barrage of black propaganda hurled against her, mostly through social media.
”Surveys have variations but I really thank our countrymen. There is no easy way when it comes to elections. All of us (in the presidential race) are close,” Poe said in an ambush media interview.
In the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Monday, Poe grabbed the top spot from Vice President Jejomar Binay after her numbers improved from 24 percent in February to 27 percent in March.
In the 2013 midterm elections, Poe said she started from 24th place but still topped the senatorial race with 20 million votes, followed by her running mate, Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero.
”As candidates, we have to go around the country to express our platforms of government and programs,” Poe said.
A week after the Supreme Court (SC) junked the disqualification case against her, Poe returned at the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo to thank God for the High Court’s decision.
”This time, I felt relieved not because I can run but because I was recognized specially that I came from here,” said Poe, who, as an infant, was found in Jaro Church 47 years ago.
Poe’s status as a foundling has been questioned by her rivals, saying she is not a natural born Filipino but the SC, through a 9-6 decision, declared she is qualified to run for the presidency.
Meanwhile, Poe said the renunciation of the US citizenship of her husband, Neil, and three children — Bryan, Hannah and Nika — is now being processed.
”We are already doing what we can to comply with the process. My family members are natural born Filipino citizens. The process will take time. Rest assured that my loyalty is for our country,” she said.
Poe, along with her family, lived in the United States but she returned to the Philippines after her father, movie actor Fernando Poe Jr., died in December 2004. PNA / northboundasia.com