Grace Poe as her father’s daughter


MANILA, Philippines—Team PNoy senatorial candidate Grace Poe admits that her chance of winning in the May 13 elections will be slim if she is not the daughter of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., or FPJ.

“Hindi siguro, hindi naman talaga, di ba? (No, I don’t think I’ll win, right?),” she said during a recent visit at the Philippine Daily Inquirer office.

She admits that she is taking advantage of the name recall that her late father’s surname offers.

“This is politics, you have to do what you have in order to win, but don’t’ compromise your principles and what you believe in,” she rationalizes.

Poe says that although politics can be dirty, it offers one like her a big chance for greatness “because you can actually help more people.”

Still on her father, she says she is proud of his legacy of service to the people. “He may have had no formal government position but int terms of service or helping other people, he was doing it in his personal capacity.”

FPJ, she says, helped people who approached him for their educational needs, medicine and even “patubig” (water supply service).

“All of those, my dad did. Tumutulong talaga (He was indeed helping),” she says.

She promises that if elected, she will revive the regular feeding program in public elementary schools that was initiated during the Marcos administration.

“Remember the Nutriban and frozen milk? Remember the camote tops that teachers would boil and sweetened for a drink?”

She intends to focus on agriculture as a senator, citing a case in Isabela province where farmers’ transportation expenses were partially subsidized by the local government. She calls it Pantawid Pamasahe Program.

She also clarified why she chose Team PNoy over the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which initially adopted her because her father was a close friend of ex-President Joseph Estrada but which later dropped her.

“With Team PNoy, I was recognized for my accomplishments,” she said. Poe was appointed by President Aquino as chairman of the Movie Television Ratings and Classification Board and resigned after she announced her candidacy.

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  • Clg Compctr

    di ba si ferdinand marcos naman talaga ang father mo.

    • tarikan

      Partner, denirecho mo na talaga. Ang post ko sa itaas eh kako ang tatay nya ay sikat na politiko ng bansa. Kaya Dad sya ng Dad kay FPJ ang layo naman ng itsura nya…maputing Ilokana laang eh! Pero tutulungan yan nila Bong2 at Imee sa Ilocos Norte & Sur. Pero baka i-junk ni Ninang Meldy ko.

      • bahaynapula

        hindi naman talaga nya tunay na Dad si FPJ at hindi rin nya itinago na ampon lang sya…

      • ravindrama

        eh may panalo kung marcos ang erpat niya… dami pang marcos loyalist hindi pa uma-alis….

    • juliustravon

      Ikaw sino tatay mo? Kilala ba? At ikaw kilala ka ba?

  • x44

    FPJ is no Erap. FPJ is on the brighter side of it. The latter is as we all know. They’re not comparable at all. And like them, the daughter(Grace) and the son(JV), they are worlds apart too.

  • padrefaura

    Fake POE siya.

    • Guest

      Kahit mataas ang ranking ni Chiz sa mga surveys, di siya nagkukumpiyansa at patuloy ang kanyang panliligaw sa boto ng ating mga kababayan.

  • tarikan

    Ano ba ang qualification para maging chairman ng MTRCB? To ask a direct question: ano ba ang educational attainment mo Ms. Grace Po-E? As if the MTRCB is a premier cabinet post. You Dad, your Mom ka lagi eh ang layo ng itsura mo sa kanila. Maagong na balita ang tatay mo ay dating sikat na politico sa Pinas. Sa sobrang sikat pinagtutugis ng taumbayan hehehe. Si mama mo nasaan na, hindi na umuwi?

    • juliustravon

      Kung magsalita ka tarikan akala mo may narating ka na. Mas mataas ba narating mo kay Grace Poe? Ikaw ano qualification mo? Ano itsura mo? Saan nagmula magulang mo? Sino ka ngayon? Isang pulpol na komentarista kuno na wala namang binatbat?

      • Dkkb Agsaoay


      • tarikan

        Nagtatanong laang kung anong educational attainment ni Grace Po-E partner. Kung alam mo eh di sabihin mo. If you don’t know pls shut up. Magulang ko ay apo ni Lolo Adan at ni Lola Eba. Ikaw saang puwet ka nanggaling? Alam mo ba kung anong I.Q. ng pulpol or ng genius ha? Pero sa tingin ko eh you’re a smart guy (gal?), you might have an I.Q. in the vicinity of Erap’s age.

      • tarikan

        Nagtatanong laang kung anong educational attainment ni Grace Po-E partner. Kung alam mo eh di sabihin mo. If you don’t know pls shut up. Magulang ko ay apo ni Lolo Adan at ni Lola Eba. Ikaw saang puwet ka nanggaling? Alam mo ba kung anong I.Q. ng pulpol or ng genius ha? Pero sa tingin ko eh you’re a smart guy (gal?), you might have an I.Q. in the vicinity of Erap’s age.

    • albert13

      According to Wikepedia, educated in the Philippines and the United States, where she was a graduate of Boston College, Grace Poe spent much her adult life in the United States before returning to the Philippines in 2004. Lolo Tarik, magbasa po kayo muna bago mag-akusa para namang huwang niyong kainin na parang aso ang iyong mga salita.

      • tarikan

        Oh I see, Boston College parang New Era University sa Quezon City. Akala ko naman sa Yale or Harvard or Columbia or Stanford. Yeah, I heard that Grace Po-E spent much of her time in the U.S. Papano narun yung biological Mom nya, ano ka! Yun sinasabi ni Inday Susan na napulot laang nila si Grace Po-E nung sanggol pa sa harap ng simbahan sa Jaro, Iloilo is a lot of crap. A lot of mabahong crap. Tatay nya taga Batac.

  • Gloria Wheelchairroyo

    Hontiveros is head and shoulders above Nancy “Alalay” Binay in terms of Beauty, Brains and qualifications.
    Magsaysay also is way above JV PlundErap in terms of morality and work performance.
    Jamby fights corruption while Migs “Daya” is an election cheater and defender of his criminal ninang GMA.
    Only stupid and evil people will vote for the UNArroyo party which is an alliance of criminals, corrupt, adulterer and immoral officials.
    I wonder why CBCP and Velarde supports UNArroyo criminal party.
    Birds of the same feather really flocks and go to hell together.

  • Horst Manure

    Poe speaks Poo.

  • Guest

    Baka nga pagtapos ng bilangan ng boto sa senatorial elections, si Chiz Escudero pa
    ang mga mag-No. 1. Posible yan di b mga kababayan?

  • Guest

    Naunahan na ni Grace Poe si Alan Cayetano sa survey.Ganyan talaga kapag
    hambog na pulitiko nakakarma

  • disqusted0fu

    Unfortunately, having a popular last name could be all that it takes to become a government official in the PH. This is why we have many incompetent leaders because they are just popular. The government should have better requirements as far as becoming an official, and mental fitness has to be one of them.

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