Poe confident of victory, no regrets nixing alliance

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Presidential candidate Grace Poe inserts her ballot to the vote counting machine (VCM) at the Sta. Lucia Elementary School in San Juan. Poe, who was accompanied by her husband Neil Llamanzares, voted around noon after paying respects to her late father Fernando Poe Jr. at the Manila North Cemetery. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Senator Grace Poe on Monday said she is confident of winning the election and has no regrets nixing an alliance with other candidates, even if it means losing the presidential race to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Speaking to reporters after casting her vote at the Sta. Lucia Elementary School in San Juan, Poe expressed confidence that Filipino voters will choose her, even as Duterte came out in the latest opinion polls as the bet most likely to succeed President Benigno Aquino III.

"We have to be able to accept. Kailangan nating tanggapin ang kagustuhan ng nakakarami sino man ang pipiliin nila. Pero ako ay kumpyansa na ang ating mga kababayan ay makikita nila kung sino talaga ang gobyernong may puso na tutulong sa kanila at magbibigay ng maayos na pagpapatakbo sa ating bansa," she told reporters.

Duterte's rise in the polls in the last month of the 90-day campaign prompted Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas to issue a last-minute call for unity to Poe, which the latter rejected.

Asked if she would regret not having formed an alliance with other candidates in case Duterte wins, Poe said: "No regrets because what's important is we continue what we had to do and we are offering the best platform for our countrymen."

Poe has offered herself as the better alternative to Duterte's iron-fisted leadership and intensified her criticism of the Aquino government's "Daang Matuwid" governance.

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In a scathing speech against Duterte, President Aquino last Saturday drew parallelisms between the trash-talking mayor and Adolf Hitler.

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Aquino said a vote for Duterte may mean a vote to toss out the gains achieved by the Philippines under his six-year presidency.

Poe arrived at the Sta. Lucia Elementary School at around 11:30 a.m. after dropping by the Manila North Cemetery to visit the grave of her father, the late film action king Fernando Poe Jr.

Poe's husband and son, Neil and Brian Llamanzares, earlier cast their votes at the Xavier School.

Poe said she is relieved that the campaign period is finally over. She said she is glad that she did not lose her values during the campaign, considered by analysts to be one of the most vicious and divisive in recent history.

"Naging maayos ang pagpapatakbo natin sa ating sarili. Hindi ko winala ang aking sarili at ang aking paninindigan sa kampanyang ito," she said

"Sa tingin ko eh nakita ko na kaya ko rin pala lahat ang mga hamon na ito."