Poe quashes possibility of building alliance with Roxas

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Manuel "Mar" Roxas II (L) and Grace Poe (R)

Manaoag, Pangasinan (CNN Philippines) — Independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe quashed any possibility of building an alliance to stop survey frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte from possibly winning the presidency.

The senator doubts voters could be swayed by this kind of strategy.

President Benigno Aquino III earlier called on trailing presidential candidates to unite against Duterte, while administration candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Friday (May 6) publicly asked Poe for a dialogue.

It remains unclear for Poe why Roxas publicly tried to reach out to her on Friday night (May 6). She insisted she did not belittle Roxas' offer, but she said she has yet to receive word from the administration bet.

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Poe also pointed out the election is not a process of elimination.

"Kahit na magsama sama pa lahat kayong lahat dyan, hindi nga ito process of elimination. Ang pipiliin ng tao kung sino sa kanila ang sa tingin nila makakatotohanan, makakagawa ng mabuti."

[Translation: Even if everyone comes together, this is not a process of elimination. People will choose someone truthful, someone who could do good.]

Poe said candidates, along with supporters who have worked hard during the campaign, should be allowed to pursue their candidacy until the very end.

Poe admits, she could have heeded the call if this was made earlier on into the campaign. She said the appeal came too late.

Poe had suspected that some people identified with the Aquino administration, were behind some of the disqualification cases filed against her.

"Sa umpisa pa lang siguro, maraming napigilan na lumabas, baka wala akong kaso sa Supreme Court, kung ganon," Poe said. [Maybe from the start, a lot of things could have been prevented from going publicly, I may not have a case in the Supreme Court.]

Poe is also wondering why Roxas is suddenly reaching out to her, since she “does not have the resources, machinery or even the goons to carry out whatever plans they have.”

Poe, along with her mother, Susan Roces, were in Pangasinan early Saturday (May 7), and made a quick stop the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine.

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At the Urdaneta Cultural Center, Poe turned emotional as she wraps up her campaign in her father, Fernando Poe Jr.'s home province.

"Salamat sa inspirasyon ninyo," Poe said. "At salamat sa inyong pagmamahal kay FPJ." [Thank you for the inspiration. And thank you for loving FPJ.]

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