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Sheryl feels pressure to deny bashing Poe

POLITICAL pressure is being brought to bear on actress Sheryl Cruz after she voiced her opinion that her cousin Senator Grace Poe is not ready to be president, a source told The Standard  Wednesday.

The source said some of Poe’s financiers were behind the move to harass the actress, after she refused to retract her statements.


“Sheryl was supposed to attend the press conference of her movie, Felix Manalo when a movie executive, Jun Rufino, told her that the event was moved from  6 p.m. to 3 p.m.,” the source said. “Seeing this as an opportunity to remind her cousin [Poe about her concerns], Sheryl called up members of the press but when the movie producers learned about [this], Rufino told Cruz that she was disinvited.”

The same executive and Dolor Guevarra were among those who asked Sheryl to take back her statements last week, the source added.

The actress told reporters yesterday that her career is now in jeopardy following the recent “forced” resignation of her manager, Rams David.

The source said David let go of Cruz upon the instructions of movie producer Tony Tuviera, who is also the producer of the noontime variety show Eat Bulaga, and allegedly a big financier of the Poe campaign.

“I am now without a manager and I can’t understand why I’m suddenly without a representative in my career,” Cruz said of David’s resignation.

Cruz also said she would rather not undergo DNA testing to help determine Poe’s parents.

“People [have] all these different versions of what they think happened between my mom and [the late President Ferdinand] Marcos but I know that it is not true. I am sorry, I am not willing to undergo a DNA test. Please spare my family from this; they are so affected by it,” Cruz said.

“I don’t want for my mother to be dragged into this mess. She wants to keep the peace in the family. I don’t want it to appear that my mom had an affair with another man [who was] not my dad,” Cruz added in her interview with reporters Tuesday  night.

Poe’s running mate in 2016, Senator Francis Escudero, said the misunderstanding between Poe and Cruz should not be exploited by their political opponents.

“Every family wants to get rid of any differences. I hope it will not be used in politics. I hope they will not meddle,” Escudero said.

“Let us just let their family resolve the matter,” he added.

Also on Wednesday, former senator Francisco Tatad urged Poe to resign as senator so that she can save face over issues about her citizenship.

He said it would be bad for Poe if she were unseated by the Senate Electoral Tribunal, particularly since she has declared her intention to run for President in 2016.

Tatad said he believed the complaint against Poe was strong and supported Supreme Court Association Justice Antonio Carpio’s assertion that she was not a natural-born Filipino.

“The SET is not about numbers, the law is very clear that Poe isn’t a natural-born Filipino,” he said.

“Grace Poe’s only mistake is that she wants us to believe that she’s a natural-born Filipino when in fact, she’s not. Poe is only a naturalized Filipino citizen­—she’s already stateless at birth,” he added. With Macon Ramos-Araneta

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