Sen. Grace Poe is keen on seeking a higher post in 2016, but what or who is holding her up?
A source from the senator’s camp said that her mother, actress Susan Roces, is flatly opposed to calls for her daughter to run for president or vice president.
The source, a close family friend who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak for the said the late Fernando Poe’ Jr.’s traumatic experience in the 2004 elections was still fresh on the mind of Roces who was wary of her daughter going through the same experience.
The source said Poe has been confiding to her friends that running in 2016 would have been an easy decision if only she would be the one making it considering her lofty standing in the presidential ratings and strong interest from the biggest players in the elections — United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay and Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino III.
But as it is, the source said Poe would not disobey her mother and she does not have the heart to let Roces go through the political wringer where betrayal and heartbreak were par for the course.
On the record, Poe has declared she did not want to go through what her late father experienced when he went against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. FPJ died of a heart attack seven months after the elections.
But apparently, the source said, it was Roces who felt that being screwed twice would be too much to bear in one lifetime.