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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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It's not Mar country,
Poe's son says

The son of presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe yesterday said it is too early to say that Negros Occidental is Mar Roxas country, they are hoping that in the May 9 polls his mother will win in the home province of his grandmother, Susan Roces.

Brian Llamanzares, who campaigned for his mother in Bacolod, Escalante and Cadiz cities said that "until the votes are in, it's hard to say that any place is anyone's country. There still are two debates to go and a lot left for the candidates to show. It's too early to say this is Mar country."

The Grace Poe supporters in Negros Occidental have not accepted that this province is Mar country, he added

On the disqualification case against his mother, Llamanzares said, he is confident that she has a strong case, because there are also Supreme Court justices on her side.

It is not true that his mother used her American passport to travel after she renounced her US citizenship, that is just propaganda being spread by her opponents, he said.

If you look at a passport the last date of use is stamped on it, Llamanzares added.

He also pointed out that his mother's name is still on the ballot.

They are hoping for an SC decision in the first week of March, and that it will be in favor of his mother. It will be a ruling in favor of all the foundlings in the country who are Filipino citizens, Llamanzares said.

"If my mom loses it will mean all foundlings in the country will lose their citizenship, will no longer be natural born and need to file for citizenship," he added.

Llamanzares also said he hopes the Filipino people will see that his mother is ready to be president, contrary to the claim of her opponents, one of whom said she will be an on-the-job-trainee president.

During the recent presidential debate his mother showed that she was the most prepared, he claimed.

Talking about experience, he said the other candidates for president have held posts in government for decades but until now the problems of the nation are the same, citing poverty and lack of education.

If we are talking about the candidates we should not just think about how long they have stayed in government but what they have done, he said. What does his mother lack in experience, the lack of experience in stealing or in incompetence? he asked.

"The way I see it, my mom has proven herself and in her ability to govern as a senator…If you want change in politics, elect someone who is new, not someone with old solutions,” he said.

Asked if he is ready to be a presidential son, Llamanzares said "I don't think any one is ever really ready to be put in that position. The best thing that they can do is just remain humble and stay as connected to the people as possible."*CPG



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