Sen. Grace Poe to finally announce plans for 2016

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Sen. Grace Poe

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Is she running for president or not? Sen. Grace Poe may finally have an answer to that question soon.

Her office said the big reveal will come this week.

A media advisory will be released on Tuesday (September 15). But word has it, Poe's grand announcement will come Wednesday.

And it will be done at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, ending months of speculation over her plan -- or lack of it -- to pursue the coveted Malacañan seat in 2016.

It's a major move in the political scene that would set the tone of the presidential race and would finally allow other parties and candidates to plot their strategies for the 2016 elections.

Timing the announcement

Poe earlier said she had to hold public consultations before making her final decision.

But insiders in her team said, she was also waiting for the auspicious time to make the announcement.

A believer of feng shui, Poe was told it was unlucky to make a major decision during the so-called ghost month, which ended over the weekend.

"In the last surveys, she's still number one," said political analyst Antonio Contreras. "But we don't know whether in the next surveys, how she would fare because there was significant criticisms lodged at her because of her Iglesia ni Cristo stance."

Poe's allies, however, see the announcement as boosting further her edge over other presidential aspirants.

Aquino unruffled

She still faces a disqualification case before the Senate Electoral Tribunal, which will not issue a decision until November.

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As front runner in the surveys, Poe's declaration could get the ball rolling for much-needed campaign funds.

In Iloilo, President Benigno Aquino III appeared unruffled by Poe's pending announcement.

"Why should we be worried of her announcing her plans? We really would like to hear what she says. Are we worried? No, we are not worried. I think the party stands on a particular platform. We are moving away from personality politics to platform-based politics," said Aquino.

But unlike before, there was no more word from the president hoping that Poe would still team up with Liberal Party's (LP) standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II.

"So whatever her announcement is, we still insist that 'yung... we still will be advocating governance-based on a particular specific platform rather than just-rather just any personality," added Aquino.

Separate announcement for Chiz

With Poe definitely out of the picture, the Liberal Party now has to choose a vice presidential running mate for Roxas.

Sources say Poe's widely-perceived running mate, Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, will make a separate announcement in the coming days.

Poe's team wants all the spotlight only on her this week.

The Nationalist People's Coalition earlier said the party will decide who to endorse when all candidates have finalized their plans.

A number of NPC members have expressed interest in backing Poe.

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