SENS. Grace Poe and Nancy Binay are no longer on speaking terms after officials of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) questioned Poe’s qualifications to run for a higher post, probably for president, in 2016.

Weather forecasters said the El Niño phenomenon could last until the end of the year.

The mercury is still rising. This could help thaw the two lady senators’ chilly relationship.

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It was Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA interim president, who questioned Poe’s qualifications to run for a higher office next year, claiming she did not meet the 10-year residency requirement of the law.

Tiangco later apologized for causing damage to the friendship between the Binay family and Poe.

But that was not enough. UNA interim secretary general JV Bautista said Poe, a “foundling,” could be disqualified from running for a higher office and even be unseated as a member of the Senate for not being a “natural-born Filipino.”

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Poe was reportedly left in a church in Jaro, Iloilo and adopted by actors Fernado Poe Jr. and Susan Roces.

Not to be outdone, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he was also an adopted child after he was orphaned at the age of nine.

Now he could only wish he was also left in a church, not necessarily in Jaro, Iloilo, but perhaps somewhere in Batangas or Isabela, the respective provinces of his parents.

But his detractors would have examined every brick in that church to find whether its construction was overpriced.

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Senate President Franklin Drilon said he is confident Liberal Party (LP) presumptive standard-bearer in 2016 Interior Secretary Mar Roxas can beat Binay and Poe.

But Roxas has been lagging behind Binay and Poe.

Drilon said “popularity or lack of it is not the only determining factor.” I think it’s the lack of votes.