SOUTHWOODS, CAVITE – Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero yesterday refuted anew vote-buying allegations thrown their way.
Poe said she that as one person who experienced the pain of being cheated upon at the time of her father’s presidential bid in 2004, she would never resort to such measures just to ensure victory in the upcoming May 2016 elections.
“Never ako nakikihalo sa mga ganyan. Ngayon pa, sisirain ko ‘yung pangalan ko sa mga ganyang uri ng aktibidad, eh ako nga ‘yung kontra-daya since 2004, (I would never engage in that kind of activity. Not now, why would I even destroy my reputation when I’ve been against electoral cheating since 2004,)” Poe told reporters in an interview at the sidelines of her motorcade in Cavite.
Poe was reacting to the complaint filed by senatorial candidate Greco Belgica, of the Democratic Party of the Philippines, who filed cases of vote-buying against her and administration candidate former Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Escudero said he believes Belgica is fabricating stories to favor a certain presidential candidate whom he declined to identify.