Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe has managed to turn to her advantage the issue of her being the biological daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
Poe campaigned Wednesday in Ilocos Norte, the home province of the Marcoses. She was welcomed by Gov. Imee Marcos who said she was open to support other presidential candidates even as her younger brother, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was the vice presidential running mate of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Poe’s running mate is Senator Francis Escudero, also an independent.
“How about a ‘Marcos-Marcos’ tandem occupying the land’s top two positions?” the governor told reporters in jest.
Poe spoke before students of the Mariano Marcos State University where she said a successful outcome of her candidacy was “not beyond reach” despite disqualification cases before the Supreme Court questioning her citizenship and residency.
She added she was “very grateful” that some members of the Supreme Court were beginning to see what they had long been saying that the Comelec turned a blind eye on the evidence they had submitted to support her disqualification cases.
In front of Batac City officials and employees, Poe acknowledged the huge potential of the tourism industry in the province, where her father, Fernando Poe Jr. shot his most popular movie series, “Ang Panday.”
She vowed to promote tourism in Ilocos Norte to generate more employment and income opportunities for locals, adding that the expansion of Laoag Airport would help boost tourism in the province.
Since the campaign kicked off Monday night at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Poe’s Partido Galing at Puso has campaigned in Cebu, a vote-rich province and the bailiwick of her campaign manager, outgoing Cebu Rep. Joseph Ace Durano, and in Ilocos Norte. She is scheduled to be in Pangasinan Friday.
Poe’s spokesman, Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, said Poe is very thankful for the warm reception she has been extended in the areas she has thus far visited.