Poe admits weight loss, but says she’s healthy

Thursday, February 11th, 2016. Filed under: Philippine News
Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe gestures while addressing her supporters during the start of the national elections campaign in Plaza Miranda, Quiapo on Tuesday. Running mate Sen. Chiz Escudero and the Team Galing at Puso senatorial slate joined Poe during the sortie.(MNS photo)

Presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe gestures while addressing her supporters during the start of the national elections campaign in Plaza Miranda, Quiapo on Tuesday. Running mate Sen. Chiz Escudero and the Team Galing at Puso senatorial slate joined Poe during the sortie.(MNS photo)

TOLEDO City, Cebu  (Mabuhay) − Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday admitted that she is losing weight, but assured that she remains in good health and fit for the election campaign season.

Poe, who noticeably looked gaunter at the official start of the campaign period than in 2015, attributed her weight loss to her failure to catch forty winks a night. She said she only manages to sleep for an average of four to five hours in recent months as the election fever heats up.

“Ginawa lang talaga siguro akong ganito ng Diyos na ‘pag kulang ang tulog ko, papayat ako talaga,” she told reporters.

Poe, who is running for president as an independent candidate, said a review of news footage when she ran for senator in 2013 would show she tended to lose weight at the start of the campaign period.

“Makikita [doon] na sa umpisa ng kampanya hanggang sa kalaunan ay talagang pumapayat ako kasi kapag ako’y nagtatrabaho, seryoso talaga,” she said, adding that she undergoes medical check ups on a regular basis.

Although she looks more frail now, Poe still saw a silver lining in her weight loss.

“Mas mabilis nga akong maglakad ngayon,” she said.

Poe flew to Cebu with her running mate, Senator Francis Escudero, and senatorial bets Lorna Kapunan and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, just hours after her proclamation rally in Plaza Miranda ended Monday night.

She arrived at the residence of former Toledo City mayor Toledo mayor Rudy Espinosa for a press conference with the local media a little past 8 a.m.

Even before the start of the campaign season, Poe had to contend with the disqualification cases filed against her before the Commission on Elections stemming from questions about her citizenship and residency.

Petitioners in these cases, which are now pending before the Supreme Court, argue that Poe cannot run for president because she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen and has failed to meet the 10-year residency requirement stated in the Constitution for candidates.

At the sidelines of her consultation with students at the University of Visayas Toledo campus after the press conference, Poe disclosed that the only surgery she had was the removal of her tonsils.

She said she previously had kidney stones but these were already dissolved with the help of medicines.

However, Poe admitted she was sickly as a child and had to be brought to the hospital for fever until she was 10.

“Noong bata ako, may sakit ako taun-taon. Lagnat. Usually pagdating ng March hanggang siguro mga 10 years old ako, yung mommy ko (actress Susan Roces), dinadala ako sa UST (University of Santo Tomas) hospital,” she said.

Asked if she suffered from any serious ailment after childhood, Poe made a sign of a cross and shook her head.

“Okay na ako,” she said. (MNS)

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