Press Release
March 9, 2016


QUEZON PROVINCE--Vice-presidential frontrunner Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero said he could not thank the Supreme Court enough for removing all the legal obstacles to the presidential bid of his running mate Sen. Grace Poe.

"Nagpapasalamat po kami at finally ginawaran sya ng permiso at pahintulot ng Korte Suprema na tumakbo bilang pangulo ng bansa. Ito na marahil ang huling balakid sa kanyang kandidatura,"Escudero said in an ambush interview in this vote-rich province.

Months of attempts to dislodge Poe from the presidential by allies of her rivals came to an end with the 9-6 vote by the magistrates, upholding her petitions to reverse the rulings of the Commission on Elections cancelling her certificate of candidacy for president.

He said the high court ruling will now allow Poe and the entire Partido Galing at Puso to focus on the electoral campaign under the banner "Gobyernong may Puso."

"Inaaasahan namin na magpapatuloy na ito at maipararating namin ng mas epektibo ang aming mga mensahe sa iba't ibang panig ng bansa," Escudero said.

Both frontrunners in various pre-election surveys, Poe and Escudero are running as independents under the "Gobyernong may Puso" platforms on rapid inclusive growth, poverty alleviation, transparency and global competitiveness.

Poe and Escudero, along with their senatorial bets, were in Quezon province to woo voters and solidify support among local officials and candidates of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), which recently endorsed their tandem.

They visited the cities of Lucena, Tanauan and Tayabas, as well as the towns of Lopez, Catanauan, Candelaria and Lucban. They also held meetings with officials and candidates from other towns.

Quezon has a total of 1,124,090 registered voters for the upcoming general elections, based on the Commission on Elections' data.

For their first stop in their Quezon sortie, the Poe-Escudero tandem was welcomed in Lopez town by Mayor Isaias "Sonny" Ubana and Representatives Helena Tan and Mark Enverga, who is a member of the famous Enverga clan and spokesman of NPC.

In Candelaria, the two were welcomed by the Enverga clan led by former Gov. Willie Enverga and his wife Grace.

Before heading to a major political rally at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena on Wednesday night, Poe and Escudero went to Catanauan Central Elementary School, Enverga University campuses in Catanauan and Candelaria, and Southern Luzon State University, for their regular campus tour.

They also visited the Tayabas City Market and the Our Lady of Candelaria Cathedral.

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