Press Release
May 2, 2016


With just one week to go before the elections, local support for the presidential bid of independent candidate Sen. Grace Poe continues to swell, even in President Aquino's home province.

Campaigning in Central Luzon Monday, Poe received the backing of the local chief executives in 16 of the 18 cities and municipalities of Tarlac province. The mayors vowed to bring in the votes come Election Day.

Poe's supporters in Tarlac include Mayors Betty Lacbayan of Anao, Jose Feliciano of Bamban, Erlon Agustin of Camiling, Antonio Rodriguez of Capas, Andres Lacson of Concepcion, Eloy Eclar of Gerona, Michael Manuel of La Paz, Estelita Aquino of Moncada, Concepcion Zarate of Pura, Diosdado Reginaldo of Ramos, Elma Macadamia of San Clemente, Jose Yap of San Jose, Benjamin Tesoro of San Manuel, Francisco Mangahas of Santa Ignacia, Maria Angeles of Tarlac City, and Christian Yap of Victoria.

Aside from the 16 mayors, Gov. Vic Yap and Second district Rep. Susan Yap also welcomed Poe, who went around the city before speaking to different sectors early today.

Tarlac has more than 739,000 registered voters.

"Siyempre, buong Pilipinas pinupuntahan natin hangga't maaari para magpasalamat; limitado lang talaga 'yung oras ngayon. Kaya nga masaya ako 'pag nagmo-motorcade e. 'Pag kaharap mo 'yung tao, iboto ka man nila o hindi, nakikita mo sila, nakikita mo ang kalagayan nila, lalung-lalo na 'pag pumapasok sa mga masisikip na barangay at eskinita, makikita mo talaga 'yung kakulangan din sa ating lipunan," Poe said.

Last week, local government officials from Ilocos Sur, Zambales, Bicol provinces, and Marikina City also endorsed Poe, the daughter of Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces.

In her speech in Tarlac, Poe said she will be tough on crime and illegal drugs but will observe due process. She said her "Gobyernong May Puso" will prioritize programs that will directly benefit the poor, such as free irrigation for farmers, free lunch for students said in public daycare centers and elementary schools nationwide, and free kinder-to-college education for indigent students

Poe said progress can reach the grassroots if only the people will choose a leader that genuinely understands what they need.

Poe's campaign proceeded to the towns of Muñoz, San Jose, and Guimba in Nueva Ecija.

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