• Sen. Grace Poe said she will return to her legislative duty after conceding the presidential race
  • She also blocks any possible future bid in 2022
  • She calls on Filipinos to respect the will of the majority and for reconciliation

After conceding the presidential race to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, independent candidate Senator Grace Poe said she will return to her legislative duties but ruled out any plans for the 2022 presidential race.

Ako ay may natitira pa naman na ilang taon sa Senado. Basta kung ano ang makakatulong sa ating bayan. Importante bilang isang mambabatas na [I  still have a few years left in the Senate. As long as we can help out country. The important thing is that as a legislator,] we should continue our legislative duty,” she told GMA News during a press conference that followed after making her concession speech.

She also closed any possible plans for future posts, saying that she underwent difficulties during the 2016 race. Nonetheless, the Senator, who was elected in 2013 and is expected to serve until 2019, said she does not regret throwing her hat into the presidential race.

Sabi mo nga kanina mahirap yung pinagdaanan ko. Hindi na siguro… Itong karanasan na ito ay hindi ko ipagpapalit. Naging mahirap man, sabi ko may dahilan kung bakit nangyari ito sa buhay ko, at may dahilan kung bakit ito nangyari sa ating lahat. [Like you said, I went through difficulties. Probably not anymore… This is an experience that I will not trade for. It may have been difficult, but I said there has to be a reason why this happened to my life, and there’s a reason why everything happened],” she explained.

Poe, who was abandoned as a baby in the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo and later adopted by celebrity couple Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces, pointed out that her presidential bid led to the Supreme Court (SC) ruling that foundlings like her have an opportunity to run for the highest position in the land, after junking the disqualification cases filed against here.

Ngayon, ang mga batang nadampot, ang mga batang hindi kilala ang mga magulang ay pwede pa ring mangarap na tumakbo para ialay ang sarili bilang isang pangulo o anomang posisyon sa ating bansa. [Now, children who are foundlings, and children who have never known their parents, can still dream to run and offer themselves as president or whatever position in this country],” she said.

As the poll numbers continue to turn in favor of Duterte, Poe says she respects the will of the majority and calls for reconciliation after the intense rivalry that sprung during the campaign season.

“We have to respect the will of the majority whether we agree with it or not. And I think our primary concern now should be reconciliation towards a common goal of making sure that our country will move forward and progress even more,” she said.