A few days after Brian Poe Llamanzares, son of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, confirmed that his mother is keen on seeking higher office, he opened up about their family’s apprehensions about their mother’s plan.
Recent national surveys have shown that the female lawmaker has been among the most popular potential presidential candidates for next year’s national election.
Brian, without sounding too presumptuous, revealed in a report on Dolly Anne Carvajal’s column in The Philippine Daily Inquirer that they actually have a few fears about it.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. My mom hasn’t made a decision yet. If it truly is her destiny and God willing she becomes the next president, that’s a different story,” he began.
But then he eventually shared that the intense criticism and scrutiny that the highest public official often face is what scares him.
“I’m scared because I’ve had a taste of what it’s like to be bashed by critics,” he added.
The senator’s citizenship has been the subject of public contest which according to Brian affected him as well.
While he’s scared of the said prospect, Brian singled out an important advantage should his mother be elected as the next president.
“But what excites me about the possibility of being a member of the presidential family is being able to use my exposure and influence to help the less fortunate. I would be so happy if I had the opportunity to travel throughout the country and help people in whatever way possible. Being a member of the first family is a huge responsibility,” he said.
Brian recently took an indefinite leave as one of CNN Philippines’ correspondents to support his mother. The former actor is no stranger to the campaign period as he’s part of his mother’s sortie when she ran for office back in 2013.
Like his mother, Brian stressed that one trait that he shares with his mother: “a burning passion for public service.”
“My mom learned that passion from her father, and I learned it from my mother. So it comes as no surprise that we both studied political science and both joined the debate team in school. I look up to my mom and I do my best to emulate all the good things I see in her,” he ended.
The senator’s father, the late King of Philippine Cinema Fernando Poe Jr. also ran for office back in 2004 but lost the position to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.