Marcos on undergoing DNA test for Poe: There is no point

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2016 05:00 PM | Updated as of Feb 14 2016 01:01 AM

PANGASINAN - Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Saturday backtracked on his earlier statement that he is willing to undergo a DNA test to help fellow presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe to find her parents or relatives.

Asked whether that offer is still on the table, Marcos said: "There is no point... Why will I have a DNA test? Why would it help her?"

Marcos said it was only in jest when he previously said that he is willing to undergo a DNA matching test.

"Sinabi ko lang yun kasi hindi niyo ko tinitigilan," the senator told reporters.

It has long been rumored that Poe is an illegitimate daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos with actress Rosemarie Sonora.

Both Poe and Marcos Jr. have belied the rumor.

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Poe on Friday revealed that the DNA test with her supposed aunt from Guimaras, Lorena Rodriguez-Dechavez, yielded negative results.

Lorena earlier said in interviews that they had long known Poe as the biological daughter of her sister, Victoria, who died in 1996 of a heart attack. She claimed that Poe was brought from their home in Buenavista town to Jaro District in Iloilo for adoption.

READ: DNA of Grace Poe, 'aunt' don't match

Despite the negative results, Poe maintained that these have no bearing on the ongoing hearing of her disqualification cases at the Supreme Court. The senator is facing disqualification cases over questions on her citizenship, natural-born status and residency.

Poe was found abandoned as an infant in a church in Iloilo City on September 3, 1968. She was later adopted by the late action king Fernando Poe Jr. and veteran actress Susan Roces.

Under the Constitution, only natural-born Filipinos may sit as president, vice president, senator and congressman. A natural-born Filipino is one whose biological father or mother is a Filipino citizen at the time of the child's birth.