PARIS, France (The Adobo Chronicles) – U.S. President Barack Obama has finally broken his silence over the Philippine presidential race that’s turning out to be the most controversial ever in the political history of the former American colony.
Speaking to reporters in Paris where he is attending a world summit on climate change, Obama said, ‘I have been informed that a division of the Commision on Elections has ruled to disqualify Senator Grace Poe from running for president on citizenship grounds. The popular senator and frontrunner in national polls is a foundling and is facing several disqialification complaints claiming she is not a natural-born citizen. Like in the U.S., only natural-born cirtizens can run for president.
‘I feel you,’ Obama said about Poe, ‘because I have been in the same boat.’
Througout his presidential career, Obama has been dodged with accusations that he was born outside of the U.S., despite having released copies of his Hawaii birth certificate.
“I know the truth will eventually prevail, and that those who seek to discredit you will realize that they are making a huge mistake.’
Upon hearing of Obama’a comments, Republican presidential candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump, a known birther, instructed his campaign staff to look into the cases against Poe so that he can make his own statement about the Philippine presidential race.
‘As a candidate for president, I have to show my supporters and the American voters that I have the capacity and commitment to deal with foreign affairs, especially if it involves the birther issue,’ Trump said. ‘If Poe cannot show proof she was born in the Philippines, I will personally oppose her candidacy as well. If I am president of the United States, there can only be one American president.’ (Poe’s opponents are also claiming that by virtue of her dual citizenship, she is an American citizen.)