Poe unsure of running in 2019 elections

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Posted at Jul 12 2018 08:35 AM | Updated as of Jul 12 2018 03:25 PM

MANILA - (2ND UPDATE) Senator Grace Poe, who is leading in opinion polls, said Thursday she was not yet certain if she would seek public office in 2019.

Poe is eligible for to run for a second term next year. She topped the 2013 senatorial elections but placed third in the 2016 presidential race.

"I’m running in 2019—if I run in 2019. I’m not even sure at this point. It’s a personal reason for me, I have to talk to my husband about this," Poe told ANC's Headstart.

Her husband, Neil Llamanzares, was left "traumatized" by the last elections, said Poe.

"He’s thinking if your landmark or your pet bills were already put forward and it was already approved—my feeding program…Para sa akin, malaking bagay na yun, kung para dun lang, malaking bagay na 'yun sa ating mga kababayan," she said.

(For me, that's a big deal. That alone is something big for our countrymen.)

Llamanzares was a former member of the United States Air Force who renounced his American citizenship after his wife decided to run for president.

Poe said she was "not banking" on the survey results, which would not necessarily spell victory in the polls.

"It’s not really indicative of your placement in the actual time of election, so that can’t just be the sole basis...It just takes one particular issue to change all that," she said.

She said she was more gratified with the approval and trust ratings she received and found these "more heartwarming."

Poe, the daughter of move stars Fernando Poe Jr and Susan Roces, also earlier served as chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

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The House of Representatives cannot decide on its own to suspend next year's midterm elections to make way for debates on a draft federal constitution, said Poe.

"I don’t think so and the public should not accept it," she said when asked if the Senate would accept such scenario.

"Kami, reasonable naman yung mga kasama ko, sa tingin ko naman we don’t want to railroad these issues. It gives a bad impression to our country," she added.

(My colleagues and I are reasonable enough, I think we don't want to railroad these issues. It gives a bad impression to our country.)

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier said elections might not be held next year to give way to discussions on charter change, given candidacies have to be filed by October.

"He’s not the voice of the entire Congress. There’s a Senate that he deals with and our Senate President already said that is not possible," Poe said.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, reacting to Alvarez's statement, said postponing or scrapping the 2019 elections would not be possible without amending the provision in the Constitution that polls must be done every second Monday of May every 3 years.