MANILA – Despite the surge in her voter preference ratings in a recent Pulse Asia survey, Senator Grace Poe said she still has no plans to run for president in 2016.
Speaking to reporters, Poe said while the surge in her ratings is encouraging, there are many other factors stopping her from aiming for the presidency.
She said being a neophyte senator, she needs much more experience if she is to run the entire country. She also said she does not have sufficient machinery to sustain her campaign if ever she decides to run.
She also noted the bitter experience of her father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., whom she said was abandoned by some of his supporters in the middle of his presidential campaign in 2004.
Poe said many tasks in the Senate need her attention more than running for a higher post.
Poe posted the biggest jump in the latest Pulse Asia survey on the May 2016 elections, which landed her second on the list of presidential preferences.
Pulse Asia released on Tuesday night its November 14-20 survey where Poe gained 8-percentage points to 18% in the November survey from 10% in September.
Vice President Jejomar Binay shed 5-percentage points to 26% from 31%, but is still first on the list.
His 2010 rival for the vice presidency, Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas slipped to 6th place from 3rd spot, after losing 7-percentage points (6% in November from 13% in September).
Replacing him on third spot is Senator Miriam Santiago, who went up 1-percentage point to 12% from 11%.
Former President Joseph Estrada, in 4th place, managed to keep 10% of respondents.
Senator Francis Escudero, in 5th place, gained 2-percentage points to 7%. – report from Ruby Tayag, dzMM