Grace Poe says FPJ continues to inspire her

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Sen. Grace Poe in said her dad, Fernando Poe Jr (FPJ), continues to inspire her more than ever—11 years after he passed away.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Sen. Grace Poe in her father’s 11th death anniversary on Monday (December 14) said her dad, Fernando Poe Jr. continues to inspire her more than ever.

Like the senator, FPJ faced disqualification proceedings during the 2004 presidential elections.

It's been over a decade since her father died. But for Poe, the death of her father is more meaningful now that she faces the same electoral challenge he did.

Ang aking pinagsisihan lamang, ay yung sya'y namayapa, bago sya namayapa, hindi man lang ako nakapagpasalamat sa kanya. Kaya nga ang buhay ko ngayon, ay pasasalamat kay FPJ,” the senator said.

[Translation: If there’s one thing I regret, that is I was not able to thank him before he died. That’s why I consider my life as tribute to FPJ.]

The former action star succumbed to stroke months after losing to an election marred by claims of vote rigging.

FPJ's citizenship was questioned in court before the elections. He won the case.

Now, his daughter is facing the same issue — only tougher.

Two divisions of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) rejected the senator's candidacy for president twice.

Amid uncertainties of her future in politics, Poe said she is turning to her late father for inspiration.

Alam naman natin na sa kanyang mga pelikula, panay ang bugbog sa kanya sa umpisa, at halos matumba na, pero dahil nagkakaron siya ng lakas ng loob sa kanyang paniniwala na dapat depensahan ang mga nangangailangan at tumulong sa mga naapi.

[Translation: We all know that in his movies, he ends up being beat by bullies at first. But he draws inspiration through his principles that those who need protection should be defended.]

But Poe said if the Supreme Court (SC) decides with finality to disqualify her, she will respect the decision— no ifs, no buts.

Hindi lamang dahil sa dasal ko yan sa sarili ko. Nakita ko pinagdaanan yan ng tatay ko rin e. Sa totoo lang, sinasabi ko nga, kung hindi nila isama nila pangalan ko, magiging mas payapa ang buhay ko,” Poe said.

[Translation: It’s not just because I want it for myself. I witnessed my father undergo the same. Truth be told, if they don’t include my name in the ballot, my life will be more peaceful.]

For now, Poe is gearing up for her legal battle in the SC.

It will not be easy. But she is counting on the magistrates to give her a fair ruling, like they did to his father. 

Poe believes the high tribunal will let the people decide.

Escudero: Comelec should keep Poe’s name in the ballot

Poe's running mate, Sen. Francis Escudero, said Comelec should keep Poe's name on the 2016 ballot.

He said despite the unfavorable Comelec rulings on Poe's presidential bid, his running mate is still in the presidential race until the SC rules otherwise.

The senator added that the first and second division rulings will still be tackled by the Comelec full commission, and that the decisions are expected to be challenged before the SC by either party.

Escudero maintained that Poe is a natural-born citizen and a resident of the country, qualified to run for president.

CNN Philippines’ David Santos and Anna Estanislao contributed to this report.