MANILA (Updated) -- Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II called Friday on his rival in the presidential race, Senator Grace Poe, to talk "for the unity, decency and democracy" of the country.
"I call for unity, decency, democracy. I call for rule of law. I call on Senator Poe: Grace mag-usap tayo. Sabihin mo lang kung saan at kailan, at darating ako," Roxas said in a press conference at the LP headquarters in Quezon City on Friday, May 9.
"We now face a possibility of a leader coming into power who cares nothing about honesty, integrity, transparency, responsibility, or even just basic decency. Sa harap ng lahat ng ito, responsibilidad ng kahit sinong mamuno na pag-isipan ang interes ng pangkalahatan," he added.
Roxas said he was willing to "adjust schedules to your convenience".
"Sabihin mo lang kung saan at kailan at darating ako. This is for unity. This is for our country. This is for our future," he added.
Poe, in response to Roxas' call, said, "Anytime we can talk but at this point, what are we going to talk about?"
If Roxas would ask her to withdraw her presidential bid, Poe said she would never do that as she too wants decency and unity for the country.
"If he would talk to me to tell me that one of us should back out, I won't do that," Poe said.
Earlier in the day, Poe has expressed confidence that she could still win the highest post in the land.
"I still have the chance [to become the next president] because many are still enlightened. My ratings in NCR (National Capital Region) and Luzon are moving up that's why I continue campaigning," Poe said.
Poe and Roxas are in a statistical tie at second place in the latest poll of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations. (Sunnex)