Roxas ally dangles DSWD to Poe, if she becomes his VP

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2015 03:06 PM | Updated as of Aug 04 2015 04:57 AM

MANILA -- A staunch ally of resigned Interior Secretary Mar Roxas renewed his call for Sen. Grace Poe to become the Liberal Party standard bearer's running mate, conceding that the entry of the neophyte senator in the presidential race will make winning for Roxas much harder.

Liberal Party standard bearer renewed his call for Sen. Grace Poe to be Roxas' running-mate.

Erice stressed anew that Poe, currently the most popular presidential contender, can't handle the presidency just yet.

''Kung si Sec. Mar mahihirapan dahil mababa ang rating pero siya ang tama, si Sen. Poe mas madali dahil mataas ang rating pero mali eh, 'di niya pa kayang maging pangulo,'' Erice said.

Erice said should a Roxas-Poe tandem wins, the senator can be given the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) portfolio.

Erice also admitted that Poe will be a problem to Roxas should she contest the presidency.

Erice said Poe joining the race would mean Roxas will have to contend with criticisms from both the senator and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

''Dalawa na babatikos… mas mahalaga kasi yung one on one, mas lalabas yung issues very clearly. Naniniwala ako may mga certain portions of those who believe in the reforms na pwedeng sumunod kay Sen. Grace because of her popularity,'' Erice said.

'BINAY DAMAGED GOOD'

Erice admitted that Poe would be a more credible opponent to Roxas than Binay.

"Si VP Binay tingin ko damaged good na. Mas mataas ang credibility ni Sen. Poe. Pero ang criticisms depende iyan sa truthfulness ng criticism," he said.

Even University of the Philippines political science Professor Ranjit Rye believes Poe and Roxas will share the so-called ''progressive vote.''

"There's a fear if this vote is split up, it will be to the benefit of the campaign of VP Binay, so I can't say that this is certain now yet this seems likely the impact,'' Rye said.

''Right now, as we speak, the candidate of LP isn't on top. It would do more damage if Grace and Mar both go at it."

Roxas will be consolidating his forces on Tuesday when he is endorsed by allies in local governments on Tuesday in Greenhills.