‘Poe-Kiko’ team just a joke, says Pangilinan

A POE-KIKO tandem in the 2016 elections may sound catchy and interesting, but it’s nothing but a joke, Presidential Adviser on Food Security and Modernization Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said on Thursday.

“It’s only a joke,” said Pangilinan of the tandem between Senator Grace Poe and himself as presidential and vice presidential candidate, respectively, in the next elections.

10th anniversary. Senator Grace Poe, actress Susan Roces and Vice
President Jejomar Binay offer prayers at the tomb of the late actor
Fernando Poe Jr. on the occasion of his 10th death anniversary.
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He made the statement at the sidelines of the Christmas party of the National Irrigation Administration at its central office along Edsa attended by the agency’s regional directors, project managers and employees.

Pangilinan made his statement  even as retired actress Susan Roces on Sunday expressed hope that Grace Poe, her daughter with the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., had been living up to her supporters’ expectations.

She made the statement on the 10th anniversary of her husband’s death.

“She’s trying her best to deserve the support being given to her,” Roces said.

“I hope she lives up to everybody’s expectations, But beyond that I do not wish to comment.”

Pangilinan was responding to a question on whether he could be the running mate of Poe, who is being cited as one of the prospective candidates for President in the 2016 elections.

Political analysts, the media and even ordinary citizens have been having a grand time talking about a Poe-Kiko tandem not only because it is catchy but also because of its sexual innuendo.

“Imagine people chanting Poe-Kiko Poe-Kiko during the campaign,” one analyst said.

Poe has emerged second to Vice President Jejomar Binay in a survey of possible presidential bets with a rating of 18 percent, but she has denied any plans to run for a higher office.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, a senior member of the Liberal Party, on Thursday said an outsider like Poe could be considered as the party’s standard bearer in the 2016 presidential race.

Washington Sycip, founder of the accounting firm SGV & Co., has been egging Poe to run for the presidency.

Pangilinan said he had not yet made up his mind on whether he would make a political comeback.

“Everything is still up in the air at this point,” he said.

At the commemoration activities of her husband’s death anniversary at the Manila North Cemetery on Sunday, Roces also said she was thankful for the people who continued to support Grace Poe.

Poe has said she has not made up her mind on whether to run for a higher office in 2016, but admits she and her mother talk about her political plans from time to time.

Poe ranked second in Pulse Asia’s latest survey among the potential presidential contenders, gaining eight percentage points to 18 percent from her 10 percent in September.

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II dropped to sixth in the survey conducted last month. He has been regarded as the Liberal Party’s presumptive standard-bearer in 2016.


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