MANILA -- Senatorial candidate Grace Poe admits the name of her father, the late Action King Fernando Poe Jr., is one of her biggest assets in her senatorial bid in May 13 polls.
"Aaminin ko naman pinakamatimbang talaga ang pangalan ng tatay ko. Kaya nga ayoko namang sirain ang kapital na 'yan," Poe said during ANC's "Harapan 2013" Tuesday.
"Palagi naman po akong naging makakatotohanan na hindi naman ako makakarating sa punto na ito kung hindi dahil sa malinis at magandang pangalan niya. At ito'y pinagmamalaki ko," she added.
Poe noted, however, that her father's name is not enough for her to win a seat in the Senate.
She said, "Merong platapormang itinutulak, hindi naman pwedeng pangalan lamang."
She said she would like to continue the legacy of FPJ, who ran for president in 2004 but officially lost to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, by helping the "poorest of the poor" in the country.
With this move, Poe feels she would honor her father's name.
She also said that having no prior legislative experience is not detrimental to her senatorial bid.
She pointed out that being the head of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) from 2010 to 2012 was "not just about watching movies."
She said it included policy-making and administrative tasks, which boosts her qualifications for an elective post.
Why Team PNoy
Poe, who is running under the Liberal Party-led coalition Team PNoy, once again explained why she did not run under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
She explained it was President Benigno Aquino III who officially invited her to be included in Team PNoy's senatorial slate, and she was only later adopted by UNA.
Poe was eventually dropped by UNA after failing to attend its sorties.
She said she is just thankful that former President Joseph Estrada, one of the so-called "three kings" of UNA and also one of the closest friends of her father, still supports her in her bid.
She added: "Ang importante sa lahat, sa aking pagtakbo ngayon, naisusulong ko sa aking paniniwala kung ano sa tingin ko ang ikararangal ng tatay ko."
On political dynasties
Meanwhile, Poe said she sees nothing wrong with political dynasties as long as candidates have the essential abilities for governance.
She said families should not be barred from running for public office if it is the career they all want to pursue.
"Tayo'y isang demokrasya, nakakairita man, ako'y nanggagaling sa punto na ang bawat tao ay may karapatang mamili kung ano ang kanyang karera at hindi naman dapat hadlangan porket ang kanyang mga ninuno o mga magulang ay nauna na," she said.
"Pero delicadeza ay napakaimporte. Kung ako ay nanay o tatay ng isang bata na naga-ambisyon, halimbawa 'yung anak ko ay gustong magartista, 'Anak, mag-audition ka muna. Tingnan mo kung kakayanin mo.' Siguro kung walang kakayahan, huwag naman pilitin," she added.
Poe also said celebrities who run for public office should just focus on serving the Filipino people.
She said, "Dapat nakababad ka talaga... Dapat maghinay-hinay na sa kanilang karera. Kung kailangan sila ng kanilang constituents, dapat nandoon sila."