Most Poe kin support Palace bid

A YOUNGER brother of the actress Sheryl Cruz said Sunday that contrary to the stand of his sister, other family members support the presidential bid of their cousin, Senator Grace Poe.

“Our whole family is behind Senator Grace Poe as she embarks on this new journey in her life,” said former actor Renzo Cruz.

Cruz is  a son of former actress Rosemarie Sonora, the younger sister of actress Susan Roces, Poe’s adoptive mother.

He said the first-term senator has the heart to be a great president.

“And I am saying this not because I am her cousin but I have seen how she has been serving the country these past five years,” he added.

He admitted though there are differences in their family, but described these as “healthy.”

“We have disagreements but at the end of the day, blood is thicker than water, and as we have  done so in the past, will resolve it within the family,” he added.

Sheryl Cruz has been vocal about her opposition to Poe’s bid, saying she should give way to more experienced candidates such as former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II or Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Also on Sunday, Senate President Franklin Drilon said the Senate Electoral Tribunal should expedite its hearings and come out immediately with a decision on Poe’s eligibility to run based on her citizenship. If questions about Poe’s status remain unanswered, Drilon said, this would only confuse the voters.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, meanwhile, said the presidential race next year will eventually be between Roxas and Poe, and said he expected Binay to get knocked off because of the corruption charges hounding him.

In an interview on radio dzBB, Recto said there are only three prospective candidates for president because Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced he was not running.

Recto also denied rumors that he would seek reelection under the Nationalist People’s Coalition because of his close ties with Poe and Escudero.

“I am a Liberal Party member. I am very close to Grace and Chiz who both have good hearts and are capable... But, I will stay with the LP,” he said.

Recto said Poe and Escudero will need a political party and the machinery to run their campaign.

He likened a political party to a sales force that will sell a candidate. “But we also need a good product because no matter how good the sales person is, if the product is weak, it would be nothing. I saw that in the previous elections,” he said, without elaborating.

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