Poe, Escudero vow to serve even those from Roxas turf
ROXAS CITY—Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero wooed voters here on Wednesday and promised to serve and give them equal treatment even if they hailed from this known turf of Poe’s rival former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
“Kahit Roxas ito kayo ay may karapatan na tumanggap ng pagmamahal at tunay na tulong ng gobyerno,” Poe said when she spoke at a forum here.
“Huwag kayong mangamba sapagkat ako ay hindi lamang anak ni Susan at ni FPJ, ako ay anak ng Pilipinas katulad rin ng mga anak ninyo,” she said, receiving an applause from the audience.
Poe, a foundling, was referring to her adoptive parents veteran actress Susan Roces and the late action star Fernando Poe Jr.
“At tangan ko sa aking mga kamay ang pagkakataon ngayon na ang isang dinampot ay pwedeng umangat. Lahat din tayo ay magkakaroon ng isang magandang kinabuksan sa isang gobyernong may tunay na puso,” she said.
As independent candidates, Escudero said he and Poe would serve the people whether or not they were from Roxas’ or from Poe’s turf.
“Alam ko ang pangalan ng syudad na ito ay Roxas, pero ang kasama ko dito at kinakampanya ko, ang apelyido Poe,” he said.
“Kami ni Senator Grace tumatakbo ng walang kulay at partido kaya nga puti ang suot namin dahil nais naming pagsiblihan ng pantay kababayan man namin o hindi, kapartido man namin o hindi, gusto man kami o ayaw kami , iboboto man kami o hindi, mahal man kami o hindi, taga-Roxas man o taga-Poe, pagsisilbihan pa rin po namin kayo ng pantay,” he said.
Escudero said this was the second time that he and Poe visited the province.
Poe and Escudero were welcomed by the cheering crowd when they arrived at the forum also attended by their senatorial bet Neri Colmenares.
The three candidates had only two activities in the province: A press conference held immediately after they arrived here at around 11 a.m and the forum that started around 2 p.m.
They immediately returned to Manila after the forum. RC
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