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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

    si sen.Grace Poe lang ang may tunay na malasakit sa taong Bayan kaya siya na ang ating iboto sa Darating na eleksyon #tuloyanglabanG

  • Taylor Nate

    siya lang talga ang mananalo sa pagkapangulo sa ating bayan at nasisiguro natin yun dhil maraming mamamyan na hanggad ang kayang pamumuno sa ating bansa #tuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    Tanging si sen.Grace Poe lang ang makakapag ayos ng mga Problema ng Pilipinas , kaya siya na ang ating Iboto at suportahan #tuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    Ang tunay na pagbabago sa ating bansa ay nsa pamamahala ni Sen. Grace Poe, hndi siya marapat na husgahan sapagkat para sa akin siya ay tunay, may puso at pagmamalasakit sa kapwa !#Tuloyanglaban

  • Taylor Nate

    Tanging si sen.Grace Poe lang ang Dapat na maging Pres. ng Pilipinas , dahil siya lang ang may malasakit at Tapat sa taong Bayan , lahat gagawin nya maging maunlad lang ang Pilipinas!

  • Taylor Nate

    Hindi basehan ang pagsabi ng baguhan sa isang tao na tumatakbo sa pulitiko. nasa tao yan! kung papaano niya, panghahawakan ang sariling bansa #Tuloyanglaban

  • Taylor Nate

    kay sen.grace Poe lang natin ibigay ang Buong tiwala natin , para sa magandang pagbabago ng Pilipinas #tuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    kung ako sainyo kay sen.Grace Poe tayo Sumuporta , dahil si sen.Grace Poe lang ang malinis ang track record , tapat sa Taong bayan at May malasakit sa kapwa ! , kaya kay sen.Grace Poe na tayong lahat #TuloyAngLabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    kaya alam na natin ang ating gagawin , wag na tayong titigil sa pag suporta kay sen.Grace Poe #tuloyanglabanGP

  • Taylor Nate

    Suportahan natin si sen.Grace Poe , hanggang sa hule sya ang kailangan nating lahat #tuloyanglabanGP