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Grace: Jinggoy’s freedom not part of Erap’s endorsement deal

San Juan, Batangas – The freedom of detained Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada was not part of any deal and was not included in the endorsement of former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe said yesterday.

The presidential frontrunner said there was no agreement nor a negotiation on the younger Estrada’s release.

“There was no deal. We don’t even pay him a visit. We haven’t seen each other,” Poe said in Filipino, shortly after the campaign rally in this town, hosted by Batangas Rep. Mark “Dong” Llandro Mendoza, a stalwart of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) and a gubernatorial candidate here.

The younger Estrada is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP)

Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, over his alleged involvement in the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam. He allegedly stashed away P183 million

in pork barrel funds.

Poe said the younger Estrada can expect a fair and square trial should she win the May 9 polls.

The lady senator said she only knew of her godfather’s endorsement on Monday night, shortly before Estrada announced that he rallied behind her presidential bid.

“I don’t want to put him in a bad light so when I knew (about the endorsement), I was asked if I would come, I said, It is inappropriate to come if they are not ready to endorse. He told me, “Why? I am ready,” she said.

Poe cited that Estrada’s support was a “big help” and would boost her candidacy, given her godfather’s public charm.

“This is personal for us, away from politics. I know that his support is due to his ties with my father,” she said.

She noted that under Estrada’s leadership, Manila’s potential has been tapped, casting no doubts that his godfather will emerge as victor in the mayoralty race.

Earlier, mother and son Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado Revilla and Vice Governor Ramon Jolo Revilla III expressed unconditional support to Poe. Vice Governor Revilla rejected claims that there was a deal forged between the Revillas and Poe to effect the release of his father Senator Bong Revilla.

Revilla, chairman of Lakas-CMD party, is facing plunder and graft raps for allegedly receiving P224.5 million in kickbacks from 2006 to 2010 for financing the ghost projects of Napoles’ non-government organizations (NGOs).

Poe also denied claims that she has “tactical alliance” with Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who was rumored to be her half-brother.

Estrada endorsed Marcos, instead of her tandem, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

“Hindi naman totoo (tactical alliance with vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr).Walangiwanan at walang maiiwan sa aming kampanya at Gobyernong may Puso,” Poe said.

Poe was rumored to be a daughter of the late President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. with actress Rosemarie Sonora, the sister of veteran actress Susan Roces.

  • Taylor Nate

    tanging si Sen. Grace Poe! lang ang tunay na may malasakit pra sa ating lhat! sya lng tunay na may puso! handang tumulong sa mga nangangailangan! #TuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    pumili tayo ng dapat na mamuno sa ating bansa! yung maaasahan at may responsibilidad! tuloy lang ang laban #TuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    si Se.Grace Poe ang gusto ng mga tao na ma-mahala sa ating bansa, dhil alam nila na si sen.Grace poe ang aahon sa kanila/sa atin sa kahirapan! #TuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    marami man ang naninira sa kanya pero marami pren ang nagtitiwala sa kanya,dhil napaka laki ng tiwala ng mga tao kay Sen Grace #TuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    si sen.Grace Poe ang kailangan naten, makakamit naten ang ating tagumapy kung sususportahan naten ang dapat na maupo bilng pangulo ng ating bansa ! #TuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    kahit ano pa ang mang yare hinding hindi kami mag sasawa sumuporta sayo sen. grace dahil alam namin na magnda ang hangarin mo sa bansa. #TuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    Si sen.Grace Poe lang ang Gusto naming Mamuno sa Pilipinas , dahil siya lang ang nanaka intindi sa mga Problema ng Pilipinas !