SENATOR Grace Poe should run as an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential elections and continue the legacy of her father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., Senator Vicente Sotto III said Wednesday.
Sotto made the statement a day before the birthday celebration of Poe's father, who was popularly known FPJ and Da King, who would have turned 76 on Thursday.
"On Fernando Poe Jr.'s birthday, honor his memory by running as an independent and fulfilling his vision to help the poor in this country," Sotto said.
The senator said he is an ardent supporter of the late actor.
Sotto, along with Senator Francis Escudero, supported FPJ's unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid.
Sotto is a member of the National People's Coalition (NPC), whose members vow to support Poe should she decide to run for president in next year's polls.
"Poe, running as independent should free her from special and political interest and will therefore put her in a better position to fight for the poor – which is what her father would have wanted," Sotto said.
"I likewise believe that our people would be better served and FPJ's memory would be better honoured if Senator Grace continues the 'Bayan and Bida' vision of FPJ," he added.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said the Magdalo party-list will support the possible presidential bid of Poe in 2016.
"If Senator Grace Poe runs for president, our Magdalo group would support her," Trillanes said in a text message.
"We have conducted extensive consultations among our chapter leaders the past few weeks and she is the preferred candidate for the presidential elections," he added.
In a statement, Poe thanked Trillanes and the Magdalo group for their support and said she is one of them in serving the country with honest disposition.
"The gallantry and affirmation of Senator Trillanes and Magdalo members against the cruelty and wrongdoings of the government and public officials in the previous administration is important part of history," she said.
In April, Poe topped the group's presidential survey. It showed that 31 percent of 2,937 respondents would elect Poe as next president.
Apart from the Magdalo survey, Poe is also leading the presidential surveys of the Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations.
Poe, however, has yet to announce whether she would seek for higher post. (Sunnex)