Poe continues school tour, attends youth leadership forum in Nueva Ecija

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Senator Grace Poe attends a youth leadership forum in Nueva Ecija.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Senator Grace Poe has not yet formally declared her political plans for the 2016 elections.  But the senator seems persistent in rallying the youth.

After going around universities in Pangasinan, Poe continued her school tour, attending a student leadership forum on Friday (August 28) at the Constancio Padilla National HS in San Jose,Nueva Ecija.

The senator arrived with Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, who despite being a member of the Liberal Party (LP), was also with her during her recent meeting with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) on Thursday.

San Jose Mayor Marivic Belena and other local officials also joined Poe in her visit.

Poe spoke about the power of youth and told the leadership forum participants that the youth has the power to transform the nation through social media.

She also spoke about the the country's slow internet speed and said that the government should invest in better infrastructure, claiming that the lack of it affects the students' schoolwork.

Poe also spoke on making education affordable and accessible to everyone, pushing for the National School Feeding Program which she said would lessen the number of out of school youth.

Nueva Ecija is known as the rice granary of Central Luzon. Poe pointed out that farmers have a very important job but they need better farm facilities.

Citizenship issue follows her

Despite warm welcome in Nueva Ecija, Poe was still asked about the issues her political rivals and her critics throw at her.

Just like like in Cebu and Pangasinan, some asked about her citizenship.

Poe said she is a Filipino, and just because she lived in a different country doesn't mean she isn't one.

The senator added she is not scared of her critics, as none of the allegations against her involve stealing of public funds.

CNN Philippines’ Anna Estanislao contributed to this report.