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Mar insists he’s not close to Tatad

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Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Mar Roxas went on the defensive Monday, October 19 when reporters asked him to comment about the latest disqualification case filed against the survey-leading Senator Grace Poe.

Seeking Poe’s disqualification to hold public office due to her murky citizenship and alleged failure to meet a residency requirement is former senator Francisco Tatad, who is also a Marcos-era minister of public information.

“Well, unang-una, siguro alam naman ninyo, malinaw sa inyo na hindi kami magkapartido or magkasama or magkasangga ni Sen. Tatad,” Roxas said right off the bat during a chance interview at LP headquarters in Cubao.

“May sariling pananaw si Sen. Tatad at siya na siguro ang makakapagsabi kung ano ‘yung nilalaman ng kanyang inihain na reklamo,” the former Interior secretary said of the complaint against Poe.

Roxas was linked to an earlier disqualification case filed against the lady politiko by Rizalito David.

Rumors had it that David was compensated by a Roxas lackey, Caloocan Rep. Egay Erice, to pursue the case.

It should be noted that before Poe declared her presidential run, she was aggressively wooed by the LP to be Roxas’ running mate.

Does this mean then that “Mr. Palengke” believes Poe is technically qualified to vie for public office? This is what he had to say:

“In the beginning, we presume regularity. I mean, kasama siya sa slate ng Team PNoy noong 2013. Si Senadora Grace Poe ay kabahagi ng Team PNoy noong 2013, so we presume regularity. Wala namang nagreklamo noon. So ganoon din lang. And patuloy ng kapanahunang ‘yun ‘yung aming paniwala na Pilipino siya at qualified siya.” (Samantha A. Giron)

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