By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Grace Poe said she is humbled over her being on top of surveys about the May 2019 senatorial elections, but said there are now more important matters in the country to deal with.
Poe said this in a statement on Saturday following the release of Pulse Asia’s September survey on the possible senatorial candidates who have high chances of winning in the polls next year.
Aside from Poe, who has consistently been the front-runner of senatorial bets, four other women secured the top spots in the probable winning candidates. They were Sen. Cynthia Villar, Taguig City Representative Pia Cayetano, Senator Nancy Binay and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
“We are humbled and grateful for the continued support of our people. It is uplifting that women are being recognized as effective, decisive and compassionate leaders,” Poe said.
“However, the more important numbers which should concern us today are inflation, prices of goods, employment, fuel prices, and the damage caused by Ompong. Let us focus on clear and present challenges,” she appealed.
In a television interview last July, Poe had confessed being unsure of her bid for reelection in the coming polls due to her husband’s prodding.
“If I run in 2019—I’m not even sure at this point,” Poe said.
“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. It’s a personal reason for me, I have to talk to my husband about this,” she said when asked about her reason.
Poe ran for president in 2016 national elections and placed third from President Rodrigo Duterte and former senator Mar Roxas. But before and during the campaign period, she has been consistent in ranking first in the possible winning presidential candidates.