Grace Poe’s DNA shows no match; mulls second test

Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is conferred an honorary doctorate in public administration during the commencement ceremonies at the University of Luzon in Dagupan City, Wednesday. The event was a chance for Poe to reconnect to her roots in Pangasinan, where her grandfather, Fernando Poe, Sr. grew up.(MNS photo)

Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe is conferred an honorary doctorate in public administration during the commencement ceremonies at the University of Luzon in Dagupan City, Wednesday. The event was a chance for Poe to reconnect to her roots in Pangasinan, where her grandfather, Fernando Poe, Sr. grew up.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Senator Grace Poe is considering taking a second set of DNA tests with her probable biological kin after the initial trials yielded negative results.

“Just like [in getting] a medical opinion, you can always get a second opinion. So we’re open to having a retest,” Poe told reporters.during the Makabayan coalition’s formal endorsement of her tandem with Senator Francis Escudero at the Quezon City Sports Club.

While Poe is saddened over her failure to find ties to her biological parents, she said the negative results of her DNA test does not mean she has lost in the disqualification cases filed against her supposedly not being a natural-born Filipino citizen.

“Malungkot [ako] na di pa rin nahahanap [ang aking mga tunay na magulang] pero hopeful sa kaso,” Poe said.

Poe told reporters that she would undergo another test with another probable biological relative who has yet to take the DNA examination.

“Mayroon pa kaming iniisip na gagawin pa. Ang proseso niyan ay patuloy… Mayroon pa kaming isang test na kailangang gawin,” she told reporters Thursday

Poe refused to go into more details.

Her spokesman Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian said she will be able to prove her citizenship even if the results of her DNA tests turn out to be negative.

“Natural-born Filipino si Sen. Grace Poe dahil ‘yun ang nasa batas. Hindi ‘yun naka-angkla sa resulta ng DNA test. Yung resulta ng DNA test was just an additional information that we volunteered to submit,” he said in a separate interview.

Gatchalian added that Poe’s camp is set to submit her case before the SET for resolution within the day.

“We’re confident that our position would be sustained by the good tribunal because the law is on her side,” he said.

During the Makabayan coalition’s event, Poe described as “heartwarming” Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s openness to  undergo a DNA test with her so they could prove they are not siblings.

However, she said there are other persons— who are more likely to be her biological relatives— whose DNA she could test.

“May mga tao pa naman tayong pwedeng i-test. I don’t also want to impose on Sen. Marcos. But I’m happy he’s open and willing [to take the DNA test],” Poe said.

There has been a decades-old gossip that Poe was the child of former President Ferdinand Marcos and her aunt, former actress Rosemarie Sonora. She, however, has denied the rumor.

In her quest to put closure to the issue of her parentage, Poe shared that she had received a suggestion to put tarpaulins in Iloilo, the province in which she was found as a foundling, encouraging those who believe they could be her biological relatives to come forward.

However, she said she rejected the proposal because it would be more difficult to narrow down the list of her prospective relatives if several people would volunteer to take a DNA test. (MNS)

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