Poe: Chiz better off with another running mate

by Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 13 2014 05:07 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2014 08:36 PM

Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares

MANILA – Senator Grace Poe is not planning to run for higher office — at least for now.

However, she believes that her good friend, Senator Chiz Escudero, will have a good chance in 2016 in tandem with another running mate who has more experience and a better track record compared to her.

"I'm sure si Senator Chiz ay posible (manalo). Maraming nagpakita naman ng interes at siguro sila, mas may track record kaysa sa akin," she said in an interview over dzMM's "Pasa Sais Trenta Sabado" with Henry Omaga Diaz and Jing Castañeda.

Poe earlier said she is open to running alongside Escudero, in 2016, but later clarified that she has not yet made up her mind about running in the next elections.

Poe, who topped the 2013 senatorial elections, admitted that she still has a lot more to learn after just several months in the Senate.

"Sinabi ko naman 'yan, noon pa, na kulang ang aking kakayahan. Wala pa nga akong isang taong senador," she said.

Poe added that she knows how hard it is to run for president, citing the experience of her father, the late Fernando Poe, Jr., during the 2004 elections.

"Una, wala akong partido. Pangalawa, napakamahal ng pagtakbo. Pangatlo, 'yung pinagdaanan ng tatay ko, alam ko 'yan e. Pipilitin kang tumakbo at maganda naman ang intensiyon mong makatulong, pero pag nariyan ka na, naku ibang labananan na 'yun," she said.

But while she has no plans for 2016, the senator admitted that she does not know what the future has for her.

"Puwede nating iplano ang ating buhay, pero hindi natin hawak sa kamay ang kinabukasan. Gina-guide ko lang ang aking sarili na huwag [tumakbo sa 2016]," she said.

For now, Poe said she is just concentrating on learning more about her job to be a better senator.