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Grace Poe says Mar Roxas asked her to be his running mate


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, the Liberal Party's presumptive standard-bearer for the 2016 elections, has supposedly told Sen. Grace Poe that it would be better for them to be together for next year's polls.

In an interview with reporters Wednesday, Poe said Roxas made the offer when they met by chance in a restaurant last week.

"Si Secretary Roxas, mas malinaw na sa akin ngayon ang kanyang pakay. Nabanggit niya nung nagkita kami na mas magandang magkasama kami," she said.

The neophyte senator, however, refused to provide more details regarding the chance meeting.

Neither Poe nor Roxas has yet to categorically state their plans for 2016 despite clamor from their supporters and, in Poe's case, high ratings in surveys.

Poe said she will weigh in many factors in considering 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.

Poe noted that she and Roxas have similar views on continuing to fulfill the Aquino administration's "tuwid na daan" (straight path) promise and fighting corruption, although 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.

She added that she also prefers to be an independent candidate, if ever she decides to run for a higher position next year.

Roxas still on top of PNoy's list

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday revealed that Interior Secretary Mar Roxas was "on top of the list" of his choices for his preferred presidential bets for the 2016 polls.
 
In an interview with reporters after inspecting classrooms in Marikina, Aquino described Roxas as a "valuable" Cabinet official and a leader of the ruling Liberal Party.
 
The President also pointed out that Roxas showed his "ability to sacrifice" when he gave way to Aquino's presidential candidacy in 2010.
 
"He [Roxas] has demonstrated quite a wide range of expertise in so many different assignments," Aquino said. "All of these traits should point out that he is, to my mind, as far as our coalition is concerned, he is at the top of the list."
 
LP leaders have consistently identified Roxas as their standard-bearer for the 2016 polls even if continued to lag behind in pre-election presidential preference surveys.

Binay and Poe remained the top choices in the polls.

Can Poe count on LP support?

Poe, for her part, has asked Aquino whether she, an independent senator, could rely on his support and that of the ruling LP if she decided to run for whatever higher position in 2016.
 
Poe said she met with the President before he flew to the US and Canada for a series of working visits. Aquino reportedly told her of his intention to draft a candidate who is trusted by the people and can continue the reforms in the government.
 
“Ito ang malinaw na tinanong ko sa kanya—Mr. President, kung sakali na makonsidera ako, kung anuman, hindi naman po ako Liberal, susuportahan ba ninyo ako?” Poe said, as recalled her conversation with Aquino. 

Poe has said she doesn't see herself running in the same ticket as Binay, the campaign manager of her late father Fernando Poe Jr. in 2004.

"Naniniwala ako kasi na katapatan at pagiging bukas para mabusisi ng ating mga kababayan ay napakahalaga sa iyong trabaho so marahil medyo may pagkakaiba kami dun (I believe that honesty and being open to public scrutiny is very important in this job, so we probably differ in that aspect)," said Poe.

Binay has repeatedly declined invitations for him to attend the Senate inquiry on alleged anomalies in Makati City during his watch. He has dismissed as political persecution the allegations raised against him. —KBK/NB, GMA News

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