Cousin Sheryl against Poe’s presidential bid
Not all members of the Sonora showbiz family to which Senator Grace Poe belongs are in favor of her quest for the presidency in 2016.
Actress Sheryl Cruz, a daughter of Rosemarie Sonora and a cousin of Poe, on Wednesday said that Poe is not yet prepared for the highest post in the land.
“She’s not yet ready for the task, for the big responsibility. Everybody in your family is special to you [but] you don’t want to see somebody having a hard time most especially running the country,” Cruz said.
“I know her because we grew up together. There are actually things that you have to actually wait for,” Cruz said in an interview.
Cruz, who campaigned for and sometimes represented Poe on the campaign trail before the 2013 senatorial elections, said that while she acknowledges Poe’s capabilities, she believes that the neophyte senator still needs more time to prove her worth as a public servant.
“My cousin’s a neophyte. Yes, it’s nice to have fresh faces in our political arena, but it’s best to hone what you have [first],” she said.
Cruz said that she would like to entrust the presidency to candidates who are “more experienced” than Poe, like Vice President Jejomar Binay or Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas.
“Given time, I know she’ll be very good in what she’s doing, but just not right now. Probably in 2022,” she said.