Leading senatorial candidate Grace Poe on Wednesday said her impending win in the Senate race was not for her but for her father, the late actor and National Artist Fernando Poe Jr., popularly known as FPJ.
"Itong panalo, hindi lamang po para sa akin kundi lalong-lalo na po para sa alaala ng tatay ko," Grace said in an interview on GMA News TV's Balitanghali.
She explained that no one would even recognize her without the help of her late father.
"Sino po ba naman ang mag-aakala na isang baguhan katulad ko, at hindi naman po ganun kabigat ang aking makinarya, ay magwawagi sa ganung puwesto kaya para sa akin po, marami itong mga nakakaalala pa kay FPJ," she said.
FPJ had contested his defeat in the controversial 2004 presidential polls against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who has long battled allegations of poll fraud in the disputed race and remains in hospital detention over corruption charges.
Grace, however, said he is also remembered by many as the action star loved by many. FPJ is often described as the King of Philippine movies, earning for him the monicker, "Da King."
"At bagamat siguro mas matanda na sila, marahil ay pati naman yung mga anak nila ay lumaki ring naririnig ang story ni FPJ, o kaya pinapapanood nung kanilang mga magulang yung mga pelikula," she said.
Several analysts had earlier said that FPJ's influence played a big part in her surprise lead. But they also said that Grace's good media presence helped boost her campaign.
As of 12:09 p.m. Wednesday, Grace leads all senatorial candidates with 14,693,695 votes based on partial and unofficial results.
But once formally elected into office, Grace said she does not plan on taking revenge against those who put her father down.
"Para sa akin, hindi naman po paghihiganti. Ito ay para maipagpatuloy yung pangarap niya na sana mas makatulong pa sa maraming tao, kasi ang posisyon sa gobyerno ay nagbibigay daan para mas marami kang matulungan," she said.
She said that among her priorities are combating hunger, providing security of tenure among workers, and the passage of the freedom of information bill. — Kimberly Jane Tan/RSJ/YA, GMA News