With Duterte embroiled in yet another controversy, Poe expressed sadness that he can no longer be her anti-crime czar.
"Nakakalungkot talaga kasi, kung makikita mo, may charm, nakakatuwa, pero huwag naman natin ibaba din ang lebel ng diskurso," she said.
Duterte has drawn flak over his recent speech in which he made light of the 1989 sexual assault and killing of an Australian missionary. "Nagalit ako kasi ni-rape? Oo. Isa rin 'yun. Pero napakaganda, dapat mayor muna ang nauna. Sayang," he said.
The senator, however, stressed that her initial offer for Duterte to become her anti-crime czar was not formal because it was only made in response to his "joke" about making her secretary of either the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or Department of Tourism (DOT) if he becomes president.
"Noong ako ay tinanong ukol diyan (Duterte's offer), sinabi ko sa kanya—dahil niloloko rin naman niya ako, sabi niya gagawin daw niya akong DSWD at DOT," she said at the sidelines of her campaign sortie in Las Piñas City.
"O, merong one-year ban. E mabuti na lang may one-year ban, kasi sa tingin ko ngayon hindi na mangyayari ‘yon talaga, at lalung-lalo na doon sa mga naging mungkahi," Poe added.
Asked if she is now taking back her offer for Duterte to become anti-crime czar, Poe said her statement was not really a formal invitation to the tough-talking mayor.
Pressed further if she was serious about her offer, the senator returned the question to reporters.
"Ano ba sa tingin niyo? ‘Di ba, parang inaasar din naman niya ako, 'di ba?" she said.