Netizens on Poe: More jeers than cheers for now
So President Benigno Aquino III wants the people to decide whether Interior Secretary Mar Roxas or Sen. Grace Poe can better carry on daang matuwid (straight path) in 2016 and beyond.
But what do netizens say? Poe’s declaration on Wednesday to run for the presidency was an opportunity to express what they really thought of her.
After Poe’s announcement at Ang Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman in Quezon City, her camp’s official hashtag #POE2016 immediately went trending on Twitter.
But earlier that afternoon, hashtag #TraPoe, which refers to her “traditional politician tendencies,” was also a trending topic.
While many, like @anneddyy, who said she was supporting Poe because “Grace Poe had me in her corner when she said she wants to improve PH Internet speed,” many people online thought the senator should have reconsidered her decision.
“Grace Poe drops things/people when inconvenient for her. PH+US Citizenship. Daang Matuwid. Even married name. When are *you* next? #TraPOE,” Cocoy Dayao said on Twitter.
For reader Gloria Santiago, Poe “just cannot use the MRT ride as her inspiration. The MRT ride is just a single problem experienced every day.”
“It would’ve been better if Grace Poe runs for vice presidency. Ano? Sa taas agad?,” said Onin Bellon III.
“‘OA na ang traffic,’ she said. Yeah? So who was the bright girl who supported the
#INCRally at Edsa? OA my foot,” said netizen @Pulitika2010.
While Poe has repeatedly said that she was running as an independent candidate, four political parties, namely the Nationalist People’s Coalition, Nacionalista Party, National Unity Party and the Makabayan bloc have expressed interest in supporting her. These political parties helped propel President Aquino to the presidency in 2010.
A certain joseal issued a challenge to Poe’s campaign committee. “I wonder if Poe, during one of her campaign sorties, can tell the crowd: ‘Tinalikuran ko kayo noon, naging Amerikano, ngunit Pilipino na ulit ako ngayon.’”
For former journalist Carlos H. Conde, Poe’s presidential run next year will mean one thing: “Gusto kong ipagpatuloy ang sinimulan ni FPJ.”
“Yehey! Magkakaroon na ng ‘Panday 5,’ ‘Roman Rapido 2,’ ‘Asedillo 2,’ ‘Kahit Konting Pagtingin 2,’” he posted.
“Hindi ko mawari anong pinagmamalaki ni Grace Poe at naisipan niyang tumakbo,” said @jozyfruit.
Netizen Danielle Cuevas imagined a different scenario for Poe’s election campaign. “Plot twist: Grace Poe gets disqualified. Chiz runs for president,” she tweeted.
For reader salentrefrom cool cozy libraries, the senator should stop mentioning her late father, veteran actor Fernando Poe Jr. if she wants to become the President. “She seems okay, but she has got to stop using her Fernando-is-mah-dad card and start making an identity of herself,” he said.
On the other hand, some netizens flooded Poe’s official Facebook page with messages of support and excitement for her decision to run.
“We can definitely [say] Poe has the best interest of the Filipinos at heart,” said Oberto David.
For Facebook user Edgardo Inking, he believes Poe will help the Philippines for the better. “Thank you Grace for running. We desperately need you to lead our country. May God bless you! Mabuhay ka!,” he posted.
“The force is with you Grace!” said DarthVaderBINAY.
Netizen mark anthony x tweeted why he was voting for Poe. “I like Grace Poe but I doubt if she can defend us from China! We need someone with balls!,” he said.
“It’s been a while since I’ve heard a speech that is issue-based. This is what we deserve. Platform over personality,” said netizen @JULESguiang.
But netizens @radicalchick and @politicalsandlies could not be convinced. “Baka comatose na abutin ng Pinas kasi #oPOErtunista #disGRACEful #GracePoe,” they posted on Twitter.
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