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Poe won’t sport bathing suit, but will muscle up vs crime

Independent presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe has refused to wear a bathing suit to promote the country’s tourist spots because it might only affect her survey ranking, but is taking up the challenge to muscle up against crime.

Poe, who remains the presidential survey frontrunner, was teased by her running mate, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, to wear a swimsuit as part of the tourism campaign in promoting the Aguinid Falls in the coastal town of Samboan in Cebu last Saturday.

“Teka muna ha. ‘Di ba, ang pakay natin tumaas tayo sa ranking? Huwag naman ninyo ako ipapakitang ganoon at hindi ako talaga magpapakitang ganoon. (But, wait. Is it that we aim is to increase our ranking? Don’t let me wear that because I won’t),” she said.

Poe, instead, proposed to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to require candidates who are on a campaign trail to promote the places they visit so that the local government will not be spending sums of money just to promote the tourist sites in their area.

“Pero siguro maganda ring gawing requirement sa mga kandidato ng Comelec na kung kayo ay nag-iikot ng apat o limang beses sa isang linggo, puwede ba ‘yung dalawang beses ‘non kailangan nakukunan kayo sa isang magandang tanawin? Akalain mo ‘yon. Kapag inexpose sa television ‘yung mismong mga Pilipinong turista ay mahihikayat pumunta doon sa mga lugar na ‘yon, ‘di ba, parang hindi na nagbabayad ng airtime ‘yung local government para ipakita ‘yung lugar nila.(Maybe, it would be good if the Comelec would require the candidates who are campaigning four or five times a week, is it possible that at least during the two visits, your pictures will be taken in one of tourist site. If it will be seen on television, the Filipino tourists themselves will visit the place so that the local government won’t be paying airtime to promote their place),” she said.

Asked by media if she will be wearing a bathing suit, Poe got back at Escudero, daring him to promote the Aguinid Falls by giving in to the same challenge.

“Alam mo, ba’t hindi na lang ikaw? Hindi, aqua socks na nga ‘yung dala ko e para lang sa sapatos na mapapalitan. (You know what, why not you? I won’t be wearing it, I only brought aqua socks for my shoes),” Poe said.

Poe cited the need to harness the potential of the country’s tourism sector to create more jobs and boost economic growth.

“Tourism is one sector we need to harness and improve so we can have more jobs for our countrymen,” Poe told reporters before visiting this coastal town’s Aguinid Falls, along with Escudero, and local officials.

After visiting Samboan, known for its waterfalls, the Partido Galing at Puso tandem flew to Bantayan Island.

During their earlier campaign sortie, the Poe-Escudero tandem managed to visit Toledo and Camotes Island in Cebu, which was noted by international travel magazines for its authentic island vibe.

Since the start of the official campaign on Feb. 9, they visited Abra, Benguet, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Zamboanga Sibugay, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Iloilo, Bukidnon, and General Santos.

POE ON POWER WOES

Yesterday, Poe was in Zamboanga City and vowed to provide a bigger budget for Mindanao should she win the May, 2016 presidential race to help address the region’s insurgency woes and power crisis.

Poe guaranteed that her administration would allot 30 percent of the national budget for Mindanao to fuel development and assist neglected provinces.

During the Partido Galing at Puso’s campaign in Zamboanga, Poe and Escudero noticed how the city is still regularly bogged down by power blackouts and brownouts.

“Paano ‘yan masosolusyonan? Diumano, pagdating ng 2017 magiging online na ang maraming mga power plants dito. Subalit hindi lamang supply ng kuryente ang kailangan kundi ang maayos na transmission nito, (How do we solve the power crisis? They said that by 2017, all power plants here would be online. But we don’t just need a steady supply of electricity but to also ensure that transmission lines are in good condition),” Poe told local media here.

WOMEN POWER

Asked if she had the guts to enforce stricter anti-crime laws to ensure peace and order in the country especially in conflict-stricken areas in Mindanao, Poe said people should never underestimate the power of a woman.

Poe said that should she win the presidential race in the May, 2016 elections, she would set aside a “war room” in Malacañang to monitor police and local government units’ (LGUs) efforts at combatting illegal drugs and crime.

And she won’t hesitate to strongly reprimand officials for laxity should they be found negligent in dealing with lawbreakers.

“Doon sa Malacañang may isang kuwarto sa peace and order lamang na nakamarka ang mga barangay kung saan may problema. Lalagyan natin ng CCTV cameras diyan, (In Malacañang, I will set aside a room for peace and order where we will mark villages dealing with problems on criminality. We will put up closed-circuit television cameras in these areas),” Poe said during a press conference here.

“Pangalawa, kung sino man ang police head doon sa mga lugar na ‘yon ay mananagot sa atin kung hindi nagbago ang sitwasyon ng isa o dalawang buwan (Then we will hold accountable any police head if the situation in their respective jurisdiction fails to improve within one or two months),” the lawmaker added.

  • Andres San Pablo

    SI Grace Poe ay may takot sa Diyos at hindi magnanakaw na bayan.Isa ito sa dapat na taglay ng isang Presidente.

  • Andres San Pablo

    SI Grace Poe ay may takot sa Diyos at hindi magnanakaw na bayan.Isa ito sa dapat na taglay ng isang Presidente.

  • Andres San Pablo

    SI Grace Poe ay may takot sa Diyos at hindi magnanakaw na bayan.Isa ito sa dapat na taglay ng isang Presidente.

  • Andres San Pablo

    SI Grace Poe ay may takot sa Diyos at hindi magnanakaw na bayan.Isa ito sa dapat na taglay ng isang Presidente.

  • Andres San Pablo

    SI Grace Poe ay may takot sa Diyos at hindi magnanakaw na bayan.Isa ito sa dapat na taglay ng isang Presidente.

  • Andres San Pablo

    SI Grace Poe ay may takot sa Diyos at hindi magnanakaw na bayan.Isa ito sa dapat na taglay ng isang Presidente.

  • Andres San Pablo

    SI Grace Poe ay may takot sa Diyos at hindi magnanakaw na bayan.Isa ito sa dapat na taglay ng isang Presidente.