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Nothing wrong with our properties in US, Poe says

Catarman, Northern Samar – Presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe yesterday said her husband Teodoro “Neil” Llamanzares remains a natural-born Filipino as she maintained that there is nothing illegal with their properties in the United States.

Poe clarified that his husband worked in the US Air Force and not in the US Army from 1988 to 1992.

“Hindi army, Air Force at hindi rin naman ‘yan itinatago. Hindi ko alam ba’t issue ‘yan. Unang-una, ang asawa ko ay natural born (Not Army, but Air Force and we are not hiding it. I don’t know why it is an issue. First of all, my husband is a natural born),” she told reporters following reports that Poe was not telling the truth about her American husband.

Earlier reports questioned Llamanzares’ loyalty to the Philippines given his American citizenship and his years-long service to the US Air Force.

In defending her husband, Poe cited key political leaders who were schooled in US military like former President Fidel Ramos, a graduate of the US Military Academy in West Point, former Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez and Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya who were alumni of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, USA

“Ang ibig sabihin nito, maaalis mo ang Filipino sa Pilipinas pero hindi mo maaalis ang Pilipinas sa puso ng Pilipino lalo na kung wala ka namang ginagawa na taliwas sa batas, o sa mga panuntunan sa ating bansa (Does it mean that Filipinos can be taken away from the Philippines, but you can’t take away the Philippines in the heart of a Filipino, especially if you don’t violate the laws or rules in our country),” Poe explained.

“Nakita naman natin si FVR ay isa sa naging epektibong Presidente na nagbigay din ng development at nagpalakas ng ating ekonomiya (We witnessed how FVR became an effective President who developed and strengthened our economy) ,” she said.

Poe also insisted that they bought their former house in 2809 Winter Oaks Way, in Herndon, Washington DC through hard work.

“This did not come from corruption. Because we worked hard to address the needs of our family through decent means, that’s the dream of many Filipinos,” she pointed out.

Reports said it was not Llamanzares who earned the money to pay for their million-dollar house in Herndon since from 1992 to 1998, he was studying a business course at the George Washington University School of Business

“Were we in government at that time? We were not even here at that time. They were just looking for an issue. Maybe you should ask those who were in office who bought hundred hectares of land, how can they buy it serving as a government employee? ” Poe asked.

The house in Herndon was purchased in 1999, but was sold in 2006 when Poe decided to return to the country.

HIV TEST

Meanwhile, Poe batted for a government-funded voluntary human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test for marrying couples to cut on the increasing HIV infection rate in the country.

She made the proposal after Turkmenistan passed a law on mandatory HIV test before marriage.

“If the government can fund the HIV test of marrying poor couples, why not? Let us give it a free service, but making it mandatory, should be carefully studied,” Poe told reporters.

“I think this should be voluntary for couples who want to marry. Let us have the test for protection. But, to make it a law, we should carefully study its impact because some may abuse it and make money out of it,” she said.

In Uganda, the United Nations Programme on HIV-AIDS had urged the public to take the HIV test before marriage, noting that failure to do so is one of the causes of new infections.

Poe said the passage of a law seeking mandatory HIV test should be seriously studied because it may cause additional burden to the poor.

  • Mond Direction

    Kailangan nating ng Presidenteng pagkakatiwalaan at walang bahid ng kurapsyon sa ating bansa at angking Galing at Puso para pamunuan tayong mga Pilipino. Si Senator Grace Poe ang karapat dapat na maging sunod na Presidente ng ating bansa..

  • Mond Direction

    Kailangan nating ng Presidenteng pagkakatiwalaan at walang bahid ng kurapsyon sa ating bansa at angking Galing at Puso para pamunuan tayong mga Pilipino. Si Senator Grace Poe ang karapat dapat na maging sunod na Presidente ng ating bansa..

  • Mond Direction

    Kailangan nating ng Presidenteng pagkakatiwalaan at walang bahid ng kurapsyon sa ating bansa at angking Galing at Puso para pamunuan tayong mga Pilipino. Si Senator Grace Poe ang karapat dapat na maging sunod na Presidente ng ating bansa..

  • Mond Direction

    Kailangan nating ng Presidenteng pagkakatiwalaan at walang bahid ng kurapsyon sa ating bansa at angking Galing at Puso para pamunuan tayong mga Pilipino. Si Senator Grace Poe ang karapat dapat na maging sunod na Presidente ng ating bansa..

  • Mond Direction

    Kailangan nating ng Presidenteng pagkakatiwalaan at walang bahid ng kurapsyon sa ating bansa at angking Galing at Puso para pamunuan tayong mga Pilipino. Si Senator Grace Poe ang karapat dapat na maging sunod na Presidente ng ating bansa..

  • Mond Direction

    Kailangan nating ng Presidenteng pagkakatiwalaan at walang bahid ng kurapsyon sa ating bansa at angking Galing at Puso para pamunuan tayong mga Pilipino. Si Senator Grace Poe ang karapat dapat na maging sunod na Presidente ng ating bansa..