Press Release
February 24, 2016


Presidential race frontrunner Sen. Grace Poe scored a pre-election win with unusual voters--children.

On its 18th year, Anak TV honored Poe among the female Makabata stars. Such recognition is bestowed upon personalities who are "credible, wholesome and worth emulating by the youth."

The senator, the first foundling to run for president, emerged from a roster of over a hundred nominees reviewed by a national jury.

The national jury, carefully selected to represent children, is composed of educators, concerned parents, lay and religious leaders, businessmen, civil society members and government officials.

The members participated in a year-long assessment to identify the most admired yet most child-sensitive male and female personalities on local television. The jurors also assessed TV programs.

Joining Poe in the roster of female Makabata stars are actresses Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Kathryn Bernardo, Maine Mendoza, Marian Rivera, Lea Salonga, Liza Soberano, Jodi Sta. Maria, Alex Gonzaga, Janella Salvador; news personalities Kara David and Vicky Morales; ABS-CBN executive Charo Santos-Concio; and Sen. Miriam Santiago.

Poe has always been an advocate for the rights of children, stressing in a political rally in Baguio City the importance of making sure that they grow up with their values intact.

"Sabi ng aking ama, 'huwag kang susuko kung alam mong ang ipinaglalaban mo ay para sa tama.' 'Kailangan ay matapang ka,' sabi naman ng nanay ko. Pero sabi ng tatay ko, 'dapat matapang ka pero huwag kang mayabang,'" Poe said.

"Sa ating mga kababayan, kinakailangan ang ating kilos ay ehemplo para sa ating mga anak," said the senator.

Poe served as chairman of the Movie Television Review and Classification Board from 2010 to 2012 and instituted a new ratings system to help parents guide their children in watching movies and TV programs.

As a senator, Poe also prioritized measures that focus on children's health and nutrition, passing legislation that gave free lunch to public school children from pre-school to sixth grade.

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