Poe meets Arroyo's daughter at PMA event

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Sen. Grace Poe on Monday confirmed she met with Luli Arroyo-Bernas, daughter of former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, during a Philippine Military Academy (PMA) event on Sunday.

Asked about her brief encounter with the younger Arroyo yesterday, Sen. Poe said it was "respectful and cordial."

Poe is being adopted by PMA Class '91, which has also adopted Arroyo.

Poe said there are no issues between her and Luli. "Pareho lang kaming anak," she said.

She also added they have been bumping into each other having come from the same high school, Assumption.

A Philippine Star report earlier said the younger Arroyo "has no issue" with the PMA Class '91 adopting Poe.

"I have no issue with that. I mean, why would I feel awkward? It’s not my decision. It’s my class’ decision," the report said.

Mrs. Arroyo defeated Poe's adoptive father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr, in the 2004 presidential race. The actor died later that year.

The senator's mother earlier accused Mrs. Arroyo of stealing the presidency from her husband amid allegations of widespread of electoral fraud in 2004. -- With The Philippine Star