NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines – It was the second time Senator Grace Poe and Liberal Party member and Pasig Representative Roman Romulo were spotted at an apparent political event.
After Poe’s third meeting with the Nationalist People’s Coalition on Thursday, the administration ally joined Poe in the Youth Leadership Forum in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, on Friday, August 28. (READ: 'Senatoriables' attend NPC-Grace Poe meet)
The two also did radio interviews together. Romulo said it was Poe who invited her to the event. After all, Poe said “it is good to have a companion who would push for the rights of the youth,” one of the apparent anchors of Poe’s campaign.
Romulo earlier said he is considering running for the Senate next year but it is important to get the pulse of the people first.
“Kahapon nagkita po kami sa birthday ni Congressman Dong [Mendoza], nasabi niya na may dadaluhan siya na education forum. Bilang chairperson din ng [House Committee on Higher and Technical Education], maganda rin na makatulong ako sa paghikayat sa ating kabataan na marami hong maitutulong sa kanila ang national government,” Romulo told Rappler after the event.
(Yesterday we saw each other at the birthday celebration of Congressman Dong Mendoza. She mentioned she has an education forum to attend. As chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education, it is good that I could help in encouraging our youth that the national government has a lot of help to offer them.)
Poe, for her part, admitted she and Romulo are talking about the possibility of the LP member’s run but did not give further details.
Also present in the event are San Jose Mayor Marivic Violago-Belena, Vice Governor Jose Gay Padiernos, and provincial board member Joseph Ortiz, all LP members.
The LP is eyeing Poe to be the running mate of administration standard-bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II but Poe is widely believed to be keen on running for president herself.
While Poe has yet to officially declare her candidacy, she has already started visiting the vote-rich provinces of Cebu, Pangasinan, and Nueva Ecija.
In her provincial sorties, it was clear she is targeting the youth vote if and when she runs for higher office.
In every province, Poe took the opportunity to address the citizenship and residency issues hurled at her.
It is no surprise Poe sees these visits as a “big help” to her possible bid. After all, she had earlier admitted that she is already working on her platform.
In Zamboanga, for instance, Poe said she asked displaced residents and the business sector on their views on the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law.
“Kung saka-sakali, malaking bagay ito. Bahagi ito kasi baka naman 'pag ako’y nag tuluy-tuloy, ako’y tanungin ano palagay mo solusyon sa mga problemang iyan, baka di ko alam,” Poe said.
(If ever [I decide to run], this will be a big help. This is part [of the process] because if I decide to run and they would ask me what I think is the solution to a certain problem, I might not know it.) – Rappler.com