MANILA (Mabuhay) – The issues being raised against her by the opposition is pushing Sen. Grace Poe to consider and even plan for a candidacy for higher office in the 2016 elections.
Slighted after opposition leader Navotas Rep. Tobias Tiangco said that she was being less than truthful about her lack of sufficient residency to run for President or Vice President, Poe told reporters that such allegations were nudging her to run in the polls next year.
“Ang pinaka-nakakaisulto, iyong hindi daw ako tapat,” Poe said before attending the Senate session on Wednesday.
“Aaminin ko na ngayon na nangyayari lahat ito, mas napapadalas ang isip dito at pagpaplano. Basta po kung lalabas ako, sabi nga nila, ilang percent na ba ang iyong desisyon? Sa tingin ko mga 50 percent at mas lalo pa nilang tinutulak na mapalapit sa 100 percent,” she added.
Tiangco said Tuesday that Poe was six months short of having the 10-year residency requirement to run for either President or Vice President in the May 2016 elections.
Meanwhile, Poe said she is qualified if ever she decides to run for a higher post in next year’s elections, following questions raised by the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) regarding her period of residency in the Philippines.
Interviewed by reporters, Poe said her period of residency in the Philippines is more than the 10 years required by the Constitution for candidates for president and vice president. (MNS)