Bersyon sa Filipino.
This was the advice of Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos to Senator Grace Poe after the latter was disqualified from the 2016 presidential elections by the Second Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“Keep going…keep going. Huwag kang (Poe) panghihinaan ng loob and just know that when you are doing the right thing, you will in the end succeed,” Marcos told reporters Tuesday night when asked if he has a brotherly advice to Poe.
The poll body’s Second Division has unanimously ruled that she has not complied with the 10-year residency requirement as provided for by the Constitution.
The decision stemmed from a petition filed by lawyer Estrella Elamparo who had sought exclude Poe from the derby for the highest position of the land.
Marcos said he was not surprised by the verdict and expressed that there's still a long way to go before the issue would be finally settled as Poe’s camp has announced that it would appeal the decision before the Comelec en banc.
“Mahaba pa ang proseso at antayin natin…we leave it to the best of our legal minds to decide exactly what to do,” he said.
Asked if the Comelec decision should alarm the opposition, Marcos said challenges as such should be expected.
“Hindi naman bago ito at alam naman natin na maraming iba diyan na imbes na itinataas nila ang kanilang kandidato, ginigiba nila ‘yung iba,” Marcos concluded.