On US polls, Poe jokes: 'First of all, I did not vote there'
It was the number one controversy that haunted her presidential bid but now Senator Grace Poe can already joke about her citizenship.
Poe was asked about the possible results of the tight US presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday, November 9.
The senator, who was once an American and then a dual citizen of the United States and the Philippines before renouncing the former in 2010, first answered the question lightly:
“First of all, hindi ako bumoto doon ha,” Poe told reporters in jest. (First of all, I did not vote there, ha.)
Poe faced disqualification cases before the Supreme Court and another before the Senate Electoral Tribunal. Both ruled she is a natural-born Filipino and that she complied with the residency requirement for a president and senator.
Poe, turning serious, pointed out that there seems to be a global trend when it comes to elections.
“Pero ako’y nakikiisa sa ating kababayan. Ibang klase eleksyon ngayon sa buong mundo, nagkakaroon ng ibang radikal na pananaw,” she said. (But I am one with our fellowmen. Elections all over the world are really different now. There are radical views.)
What if Trump wins? Poe said the Philippines has someone to face the possible next US president.
“Meron naman tayong pantapat kay Trump eh. Pagdating sa tough stand on national policies meron din tayo pantapat,” said Poe, in apparent reference to President Rodrigo Duterte. (We have someone who can face Trump. When it comes to a tough stand on national policies, we have someone who can stand up to him.)
Duterte and Trump have been likened to each other for their strong words and like for women. Poe ranked third in the 2016 polls, second to Liberal Party and administration standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II. – with a report from Camille Elemia/Rappler.com
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