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Why Poe chose to be with Payatas kids on 1st day of campaign?

/ 01:34 PM February 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines—Why did reelectionist Senator Grace Poe spend the first day of the campaign with Payatas children, all of whom are not even voters?

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Speaking with reporters after she distributed food packs to around 800 children from the Payatas Elementary School, Poe explained that it has been her advocacy to reach out and help those who are less fortunate.

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Why Poe chose to be with Payatas kids on 1st day of campaign

Senator Grace Poe spends the first day of the campaign period with the school children of Payatas in Quezon City. INQUIRER.net photo / Christia Marie Ramos

“Hindi botante pero sila naman talaga yung sa umpisa pa lang…yun yung talagang ipinaglaban ko sa Senado na dapat yung pinakamahihirap at yang mga nangangailan, talagang unahin, eh yung mga bata talaga yun,” she said.

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“Akalain niyo kung lahat ng public schools bibigyan ng mainit na pananghalian ang mga bata, eh ‘di ang laking tulong yan sa pamilya,” she added.

She also noted that she wants to remind herself of why she started running in the first place.

“Yung mga bata…sila talaga ang simbolo ng pag-asa kaya gusto ko dito mag-umpisa kasi masaya, hindi man sila botante pero napapaalala sa akin kung bakit ako tumakbo sa unang pagkakataon at bumabalik ako dun,” she said.

Poe, who is seeking reelection in the upcoming May elections as an independent candidate, kicked off her campaign with a school feeding program with the Payatas school children.

This is her first campaign-related event to boost her Senate bid.

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On Wednesday, Poe and some reelectionist senators are also set to hold a campaign rally in Tondo, Manila. /jpv

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