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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 18, 2015

Susan Roces Trusts Daughter Grace Poe's Own Judgment On Whether Or Not She'll Run For The Presidency In 2016

SUSAN ROCES is back before the camera playing Coco Martin's Lola in the TV remake of FPJ's "Ang Probinsiyano". When asked about the possibility of her daughter Grace Poe running as president in 2016, she says she doesn't meddle with Grace's political affairs. "She's old and wise enough to make her own decisions," she adds.

More and more people are being receptive to Grace's presidential bid, which is why she's topping the surveys even if she has not yet declared officially that she's running. Obviously, the public is sick and tired of the same old trapos and wants someone fresh and untainted. No wonder people say Grace is the best legacy of FPJ, who was unsuccessful in his presidential bid as he was blatantly cheated by Gloria. Even Pres. Pnoy recognizes this, which is why he proposed that Grace go around the country to campaign with Mar Roxas, as he can see Mar has very little chance of winning. It's good Grace is wise enough to refuse not to be used by the current administration.

From the start of her work as a public servant as the MTRCB head, Grace has established herself as a principled, disciplined and focused leader. Her MTRCB stint may be short but she's one of the best chairs it ever had. At the senate, she showed so much intelligence and discretion in questioning people at the senate hearings, unlike other senators who are obviously just grandstanding with their bombast and bullying.
We've met Grace in person several times and she strikes us someone sincere and very level-headed. If she'd play her cards well, she can bag the presidency even if they pose legal challenges against her candidacy because people are just tired of the same old names blemished by corruption. The fact that her opponents are now ganging up on her to destroy her is a sure indication that they're panicking. Remember when they maligned her for being an "ampon" but it backfired on them since more people sympathized with Grace and this only made her ratings go up further.

We heard she might formally declare her candidacy on her late dad's 76th birthday on August 20. She has very fond memories of her dad: "My dad was the one who taught me by example what unconditional love is. He was not one to talk much, he but he always showed me how to remain humble and magnanimous. My mom told me that my dad compassionate and generous to a fault because he bever forgot how it was to be poor. That's why he was genuine in his ways and his films were always about social justice and uplifting the lives of those in need. I now want to prove that FPJ, the person they ridiculed, was able to raise somebody like me, who is continuing his legacy."

If ever Sen. Grace would decided to aspire for the position that was cheated away from her dad, may she have the guts and courage to face all the demolition job that will surely come her way.

The loudest whisper is that she will run as president with Chiz Escudero as vice president. She won't confirm this yet but one things is sure, though, GMA-7 will soon announce the start of a Poe-Escudero team up. That is, Lovi Poe and Heart Evangelista-Escudero who will star together in their newest primetime show, "Beautiful Strangers".