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    Quest for Olympic gold earns place on presidential aspirant Grace Poe's list of priorities 

    Sep 16, 2015

    PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Grace Poe cited the importance of sports as she laid down her platform during her speech announcing her candidacy on Wednesday afternoon.

    Poe, an educator before she was elected senator in 2013, mentioned sports and the quest for an elusive Olympic gold medal among 20 specific points during her speech at the Bahay ng Alumni in the Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines.

    “The government should give importance and support to the fields of arts and sports. We are known as a creative race of visual artists, writers and performers, but we do not value them and provide enough assistance. Even if they bring our country fame, what do they get in return?" the daughter of the late action star Fernando Poe, Jr. said.

    Turning to sports, Poe said: 'Our athletes work under pitiful conditions. We should never give up on our dream to win an Olympic gold medal."

    The 47-year old senator said there wasn’t “enough time” to enumerate her hopes and goals but would elaborate on her plans in the coming days.

    “In the next few days, I will release a comprehensive program centered on a simple principle and belief: that no Filipino and no region should be left behind. We will rise and progress as one nation.”

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