MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Mar Roxas, who is the Liberal Party’s presumptive standard-bearer for the 2016 presidential elections, has supposedly asked Sen. Grace Poe to be his running mate, citing that it will be better for them to be together for next year’s polls.
During an interview with the reporters on Wednesday, Poe said Roxas made the offer when they met by chance in a restaurant last week, GMA News reported.
“Si Secretary Roxas, mas malinaw na sa akin ngayon ang kanyang pakay. Nabanggit niya nung nagkita kami na mas magandang magkasama kami,” she said.
(“I can see it more clearly the real objective of Secretary Roxas. He mentioned it during a chance encounter, that it will be better if we are together.”)
Despite admitting about the talks, the lady senator refused to provide more details regarding her chance meeting with the Interior secretary.
Both Roxas and Poe decided not to categorically reveal their plans for 2016 election. Their decisions are still withheld, despite the clamors from their supporters to run.
Poe, who is consistently getting high scores in surveys, said she will weigh in many factors before accepting Roxas’ offer.
“Sinabi ko na hindi naman porke pagkakaibigan lamang, kailangan ay may pareho kayong pananaw sa bagay-bagay at sa isa’t isa bago kayo magkaroon ng desisyon sa ganyan,” she said.
(“I said that friendship is not enough, we need to have a common view about certain things and about each other before decisions will be made.”)
Meanwhile, Poe noted that she shares similar views with Roxas, specifically on continuing to fulfill the Aquino administration’s “tuwid na daan” (straight path) promise and fighting corruption.
However, Poe noted that those are not the only things that must be considered.
“Tila napag-iwanan ang maraming kababayan na nangangailangan. Hindi lamang dapat sa paglilinis sa korupsyon kundi pagtulong sa nangangailangan ang dapat tutukan,” she said.
(“It seems that the masses who are in need had been neglected. Focus should not only be on clearing corruption from the system, but instead those in need should also be a priority.”)
The senator added that if ever she decides to run for a higher position next year, she prefers to be an independent candidate and free from any political party.