Grace Poe won’t quit race for Mar Roxas

    MANILA, Philippines - Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe on Friday, May 6 announced that she is willing to talk with Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas but clarified that she will not withdraw in the presidential race.

    Grace Poe won’t quit race for Mar Roxas
    Sen. Grace Poe is not willing to give way for Mar Roxas. Photo Credit: Manila Bulletin/Inquirer
    In her interview with DZMM, Poe said: “Ngayon, ang panawagan niya na iyon, kung para sa kabutihan ng bayan, pwede naman talaga kami mag-usap tungkol dyan. Pero ang malinaw ay hindi ako umaatras sa laban.”

    (Now if his plea is for the good of our nation, we can talk about it. But what is clear is that I won’t quit the presidential race.)

    ''Marami na akong pinagdaanan, at ang dala-dala natin dito ay ang mga pangarap at pag-asa ng ating mga kababayan na 'di dapat sigurong dapat ikompromiso,” Poe added.

    (I had been through a lot and I’m carrying the dreams and hope of our countrymen that shouldn’t be compromised. )

    “Isusuko ko pa ba yan para sa isang kandidato na hindi ko pinaniniwalaan? Para sa isa satin ay umatras, katrayduran sa (bayan) na tayo lamang ang magdedesisyon kung sino ang nararapat magpapatuloy,” the female senator said.

    (Will I give way for a candidate I don’t believe in? For one of us to quit the presidential race is a betrayal to our country, that only the two of us will decide who shall continue running.)

    During a special conference today at Quezon City, Roxas asked for a dialogue with Poe.

    He said: “I call for unity, I call for decency, I call for democracy. I call for the rule of law. I call for Senator Grace Poe. Grace Poe mag-usap tayo (let’s have a dialogue).”

    Reports that Roxas is backing out of the presidential race to give way for Poe surfaced earlier. However, Roxas didn’t give further details to his message for Poe and didn’t reveal any plans of quitting the race.

    Roxas sought for a meeting with Poe hours after the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll showed that the PDP-Laban Standard bearer Mayor Rodrigo Duterte remained the top choice for president with a 33% preference rating among 4,500 registered voters across the country.

    --Mini, The Summit Express

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