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Poe unsure whether to seek re-election or not


By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Grace Poe on Thursday admitted having doubts over her bid for reelection in the May, 2019 polls.

Grace Poe in Dagupan – Senator Grace Poe together speaks before the students and faculties of Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City, Wednesday morning, August 26, 2015. Senator Poe says she is making rounds in school and universities in as part of her consultation on youth concerns. (mbpixs/senator_grace_poe_dagupan_city/261aug2015/jojo_rinoza)

Senator Grace Poe (Manila Bulletin File Photo)

Despite her topping in latest surveys of possible winning senator in the coming polls, Poe, in a television interview Thursday, said she is still unsure on whether or not to seek re-election due to her husband’s prodding.

She made the confession as she commented against the proposed postponement of the May 2019 national elections to rush the proposed charter change and the government’s shift to federalism. She stood firm with the Senate’s position that voting through a Constituent Assembly should be done separately.

“Make it go through the proper process. And remember, when it is debated in both houses, it should go through a plebiscite. In the end, it is the people who will still decide: Do we agree with it or not? If we convened [into a Con-Ass] that way, the public would see that they are being fooled. We will not allow that and vote for that. You, know, I’m running in 2019—if I run in 2019—I’m not even sure at this point,” Poe said.

Asked why she was unsure, Poe said she is considering her husband, Neil Llamanzares, whom she said was “traumatized” by the 2016 national elections.

“It’s really the reason put forth by my husband, I think that he — more than us — I think he’s traumatized by what happened during the last elections,” she said.

“It’s a personal reason for me, I have to talk to my husband about this. (There is) No election that we did not get exhausted, but that’s not the point.” she noted.

Poe added that she already considers as a “huge” achievement that her landmark and pet bills were prioritized and approved, such as law establishing the national feeding program which President Duterte signed recently.

“Kung para do’n lang sa tingin ko malaking tulong ‘yan sa ating mga kababayan,” she siad.

As for the survey results, Poe said she knew that “it’s not really indicative of your placement in the actual time of elections.

She said that she cannot bank on the numbers on the surveys, but said she is humbled by Her approval ratings and trust ratings.

“When I see it, that’s the one that is most heartwarming. How much I am trusted, and that’s what I want to keep,” she said.

Poe is among the re-electionists in Senate. Others are Sens. Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino, Nancy Binay, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Aquilino Pimentel III and Cynthia Villar.

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