SENATE President Franklin Drilon dismissed as politics the citizenship issues thrown against Senator Grace Poe, a potential candidate for president in 2016.

"Why is it politics at this state? Because number one, Senator Poe has not even said she would run. Number two, all those questions will be resolved once she files her certificate of candidacy. But before that, it's all about politics," said Drilon, vice chair of the administration Liberal Party (LP).

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who has expressed his intention to run for president in 2016, said Poe is not qualified to run for higher office next year due to citizenship and residency issues.

The LP is eyeing Poe in its slate in the 2016 polls but Drilon prefers Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II to be LP's standard-bearer.

Drilon said Roxas could present himself to the public as the "most qualified candidate" for presidency.

He said the ruling party will announce its bet between July 28 and 31.

"(The party is) praying for guidance. We're still continuing with the organization in the grassroots to strengthen the party," said Drilon.

Roxas, LP's executive vice president, criticized the critics of Poe, saying the residency and citizenship issues are "technical," which only the court and its process have the right to decide.

Roxas said he had been in same situation before where several issues were being thrown against him just to bring him down.

He said he believed that Poe could survive all the intrigues.

"Manatili ang iyong katatagan ng loob na nasa tama ang itong hangarin na malalagpasan din ito dahil sa dulo alam ng ating mga kababayan kung ano ang mas mabuti at ano ang kasinungalingan at paglilinlang," Roxas said. (Sunnex)