Senator Grace Poe and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo both expressed gratitude to supporters pushing for their tandem, but affirmed that they are remaining faithful to their respective running mates.
A full-page paid advertisement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Thursday pushed for voters to go for the duo, who are running under different slates for the top two positions in the land. Poe is running as an independent with Senator Chiz Escudero, while Robredo is part of the Liberal Party slate with former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.
The ad was sponsored by a group calling itself the #GraceLeni Pusong Lumalaban Movement and was signed by 42 individuals composed of professors, students, youth leaders, and entrepreneurs.
Political figures who signed the ad include former Senators Leticia Ramos-Shahani and Santanina Tillah Rasul, as well as Leon Flores III, the former Chairman of the National Youth Commission.
With the tagline "Puso natin, laban natin," the group pushed for the presidency of Poe and the vice presidency of Robredo, whom they said are both untouched by corruption and anomalies.
"Grace Poe at Leni Robredo -- parehong walang bahid ng kahit na anumang kurapsyon o anomalya," the ad read.
"Parehong matapang at lumalaban, ngunit nakikinig at kumakalinga, puno ng malasakit sa kapwa. Parehong hindi umaatras upang ipaglaban ang tama, ngunit rinerespeto ang lahat at tumatalima sa batas," it added.
Sought for comment, Poe said it is natural for some women to support candidates of the same sex.
"Natural lamang ‘yon na maraming mga kababaihan ang naniniwala sa kakayahan ng kapwa kababaihan, na hindi minamaliit at hindi minamaltrato at hindi binabastos ang mga babae," she said.
The senator, however, reiterated her support for the candidacy of Escudero.
"Ang kasama ko sa simula’t simula talaga ay si Senator Chiz. Ngayon, dahil nga tayo ay merong sistema kung saan pwede mong piliin na hiwalay ang pagka-bise presidente, salamat sa kanila na naniniwala na ako ay pwedeng ulo at meron silang ibang sinusuportahang bise," she said.
Robredo, in a statement posted on her Facebook page, expressed her gratitude to the people supporting her candidacy.
However, she likewise stressed that her loyalty was with Roxas.
"Bagkus nagpapasalamat tayo sa mga sumusuporta sa ating kandidatura, alam naman nating lahat na si Sec. Roxas ang ating ka-partner sa laban na ito. Magkasama naming sinimulan ang labang ito at magkasama rin namin itong tatapusin," Robredo said. —Jessica Bartolome with Xianne Arcangel/JST, GMA News