MANILA – Team PNoy senatorial candidate Grace Poe on Sunday said her senatorial candidacy is not an attempt to to “reclaim the mandate” that was allegedly stolen from her late father in the 2004 presidential election.
Speaking during the ABS-CBN Harapan 2013 debate, Poe admitted that serving in the Senate would bring honor to action king Fernando Poe Jr.'s (FPJ) name, but denied that her bid is her family’s political "revenge."
Mr. Poe filed an electoral protest against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo but died in December 2004. The "Hello Garci" scandal on electoral fraud involving Mrs. Arroyo erupted in 2005.
“Hindi ito paghihiganti o paghingi ng dapat sa amin,” Poe said.
She said all she wants to do in the Senate is to serve the people, and that it is up to voters to decide if she is worthy to sit in the upper chamber.
Her superhero is 'Panday'
Poe’s love for her father also shone when asked which superhero she emulates. While the other senatorial candidates chose Superman or their own parents, she chose the mythical Pinoy superhero “Panday,” a sword-wielding character that her actor-father portrayed in several movies.
“Si Panday ang Pilipinong superhero na nakikipaglaban sa umaapi, at para sa kanya hustisya ang dapat manaig. Siya ay kakampi ng mahihirap,” she said.
During the candidate vs candidate question-and-answer portion, Poe politely turned down a request by Democratic Party of the Philippines president and senatorial candidate Bal Falcone to endorse him in the May polls.
Falcone personally asked Poe if she would endorse him in next month’s election especially after her father received many votes from Cebu in the 2004 presidential election.
In response, Poe gave her thanks to all Cebuanos who voted for her father. She told Falcone it is only natural for her to support her fellow Team PNoy candidates in the coming polls.
“I support all you are doing but there are 12 candidates in Team PNoy. An endorsement would mean I will not be able to support 1....I think we must make our vote sacred,” she said.
No to internet censorship
Meanwhile, Poe said she does not agree that a government censors body should also check on Internet content. Poe is the former head of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Poe said the MTRCB does not have the capability to police cyberspace. She also said she backs self-regulation and responsible netizenship.
She opposed the libel clause in the Anti-Cybercrime Law, saying that such a provision could make Filipinos more litigious.
She also backed harsher penalties for the proliferation of child pornography.