Senator Grace Poe officially announced on Wednesday, September 16, her intention to run for the highest post in the 2016 elections, the Presidency, at the University of the Philippines Bahay ng Alumni, according to a report by Rappler.
Wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and jeans, her father Fernando Poe Jr’s trademark outfit, Sen. Poe declared her bid for higher office in front of her family, friends, and hundreds of supporters in the same hall where the well-loved actor announced his presidential bid in 2004.
“Ako po si Grace Poe. Pilipino. Anak, asawa at ina, at sa tulong ng Mahal na Diyos ay inaalay ko sa inyong lahat ang aking sarili sa mas mataas na paninilbihan bilang inyong Pangulo,” Sen. Poe said.
( I am Grace Poe. Filipino. Daughter, wife, and mother and, with the help of God, is offering herself to serve in a higher post as your President.)
In her announcement, Sen. Poe revealed her intention to continue what her late father started.
“Sa bulwagang ito, sinabi niyang importante sa isang lider ang katalinuhan, ngunit mas importante ang puso na manilbihan sa mahihirap.”
( In this hall, he said it’s important for a leader to have intelligence, but it’s more important to have a heart to serve the poor.)
For months, Sen. Poe has been leading national presidential preference surveys. In 2013, she topped the senatorial race with a historic 20 million votes reclaiming FPJ’s loss.
Both FPJ and Sen. Poe faced the same issue of citizenship and perceived lack of political experience. Se, Poe said she believes her biggest capital is her father’s name.
Sen. Poe disclosed her 20-point agenda, which basically guarantees that every Filipino will benefit in the country’s progress.
Featured image credits to CNN.