Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is quite certain that she was not that “someone” who offered Senator Miriam Santiago P300 million to back out from the 2016 Presidential election.
"Siguradong hindi ako 'yon, at kung meron man akong ganoon, gagamitin ko na lang sa kampanya ko o kaya ipamimigay natin sa mas makabuluhang paraan kasi mataas ang pagrespeto ko kay Senator Miriam," Poe stated.
(I’m quite sure that she was not referring to me, and if I have that amount of money, I will just use it in my campaign or use it in more significant endeavors because I have high respects for Sen. Miriam)
Poe said that she was deeply inspired by what Santiago shared in the recent presidential debate led by the COMELEC.
"'Yung sinasabi niya na hindi ako susuko, na ipapagpatuloy ko ito ay isang ehemplo rin sa ating mga tumatakbo na kahit na malaki ang hamon, kung naniniwala ka sa ginagawa mo -- may sakit ka man, talo ka man, wala ka mang pera -- dapat ituloy mo."
(She said that she will never quit and she will carry on. Her words and her actions should serve as in inspiration to us, candidates. Even though there are challenges, even if you are sick, or you think you might lose, or you don’t have enough funds, when you believe in what you do and your purpose, you must continue to fight.)
Santiago claims that she negated the offer to withdraw her candidacy but refuses to talk about all the other proposals made to her.
Santiago, as part of her speech, made a statement in front of the hundreds of young voters in University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna.
"Bibigyan daw ako ng 300 million to reimburse my campaign expenses. Taga-UP ako, aanhin ko pera na iyon.” (They will give me P300 million to reimburse my campaign expenses. Why would I need their money? I am from UP.)
"Tatanda ako pagbilang sa pera na yun, kaya sugod lang tayo ng sugod sa ating hangarin to win in a clean, honest and fair election," (It will take ages for me to count that money, hence, I will just continue to win in a clean, honest, and fair election), she added.
She said that the attempts to bribe her were coursed through her husband, Jun Santiago. However, she did not want to explain further and point a finger at the group or political party who attempted to negotiate with her.