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Tigil na! Poe reveals husband ‘traumatized’ over failed 2016 presidential bid

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By Xave Gregorio

Even if she has been topping pre-election surveys, Senator Grace Poe said she is second-guessing whether she would gun for re-election in the 2019 polls after her loss in the 2016 presidential election left her husband “traumatized.”

Poe’s tongue slipped in an interview on ANC’s “Headstart” when she admitted that she is “not sure” if she would be running in 2019.

“I think he’s traumatized by what happened during the last elections,” she said.

Asked for clarification by Politiko, Poe only said, “Ay. Huwag na natin balikan yan.”

Poe, then a novice senator just three years into her term, ran for president after figuring high in pre-election presidential surveys. In the end, she lost to President Rodrigo Duterte and came in second.

She hinted that her husband, Teodoro Misael Daniel “Neil” Llamanzares, has asked her not to run for another Senate seat as her pet bills have already been passed into law.

She also shrugged off her topping senatorial surveys, saying the numbers could change her ranking.

“The numbers will not necessarily be the same next year. It’s not really indicative of your placement in the actual time of elections, that can’t just be the sole basis,” Poe said.

“It just takes one particular issue to change all that. So I’m not banking on that,” she said further.

In the latest Pulse Asia poll, Poe has maintained her solo lead ahead of other possible senatorial aspirants, with 64 percent of the 1,800 registered voters surveyed saying they would vote for her in the elections.