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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.

Aug 3, 2015

Why Sen. Grace Poe Prefers To Stick With Sen. Chiz Escudero Than Be The VP Of Mar Roxas

WHEN SUSAN ROCES celebrated her birthday last July 28, her daughter Sen. Grace Poe came in her signature outfit, a simple but elegant white dress. During the SONA, so many people also praised Sen. Grace's beautiful white terno. She certainly has a good fashion sense that is not at all ostentatious.

Many people agreed with her decision not to play second fiddle to the anointed Mar Roxas when Pres. Pnoy sounded her off that he wants her to run as Mar's VP. After all, she has said several times before that she's more comfortable in the company of her good friend, Sen. Chiz Escudero.

"Matagal ko nang pinagtitiwalaan si Sen. Chiz," she says. "Noon pang tumakbo ang father ko as president, siya na ang most trusted spokesman ng aming pamilya. Sa dami ng bumabatikos noon sa dad ko, siya talaga ang humaharap sa mga kritiko at sa media to defend and explain my dad's side. When he collapsed and went into coma, Sen. Chiz also didn't leave my dad's side and our family kaya naging malapit talaga ang buong pamilya namin sa kanya. When I ran sa senate in 2013, magkasama kaming umikot sa buong Pilipinas for the campaign, kaya malaki talaga ang naitulong niya sa amin at may pinagsamahan na kami."

Sen. Grace and Sen. Chiz obviously have mutual admiration for each other. Chiz says he will support totally whatever Grace's decision will be for next year's elections. "I supported FPJ when he ran for the presidency 11 years ago and I defended him in all the issues hurled against him," he says. "I am now ready to support his daughter na kitang-kita naman in having the makings of a good and dedicated public servant who has nothing but the good of the country in her mind."