#AYAWsaDILAW | Poe rejects Roxas offer for an alliance vs Duterte

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Grace Poe rejected Mar Roxas' offer for an alliance vs Duterte

Senator Grace Poe has vehemently rejected a last-minute appeal from her rival, administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas, for them to discuss a possible alliance to thwart an imminent victory in the presidential race by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Speaking to reporters, Poe said she and Roxas have nothing else to talk about. “Anytime pwede namang mag-usap, pero sa puntong ito, ano pa ba ang pag-uusapan natin?” she said. She also dismissed the idea of her withdrawing from the presidential race to endorse Roxas instead. “Dapat may tiwala ako sa liderato ng taong susuportahan ko,” she stressed.

In a hastily-organized press conference in his Quezon City campaign headquarters, Roxas called for a dialogue between him and Poe. He claimed that having an alliance between them is the only way Philippine democracy can be saved from the threat of a Duterte presidency.

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Grace Poe rejected Mar Roxas’ offer for an alliance vs Duterte

This is not the first time that Poe turned down Roxas’ overtures. From July to September last year, Roxas and the Liberal Party and even President Benigno Aquino III himself tried to persuade Poe to be Roxas’ running mate, but she decided to run for president instead.

Most netizens also do not seem to be in favor of Poe giving way to Roxas. The hash tag #AYAWsaDILAW is a top trending topic on the micro blogging site Twitter as of Friday night, with most users pointing out that it is illogical for the Senator to drop out of the race in favor of the former Interior Secretary given that she has higher poll numbers than in her in most surveys.

Others meanwhile argued that it is not likely for Poe to align herself with the party that sought to disqualify her in the first place and that if Roxas gives way to Poe and she wins, she will be forever indebted to him and his minions for her victory.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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