Grace Poe

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Grace Poe-Llamanzares
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Chairperson, Movie and Television Review Classification Board
Political Party: Team P-noy
Guest Candidate United Nationalist Alliance (until Feb 2013)
Makabayan Coalition
Born: September 3, 1968 (age 44)
Spouse: Teodoro Daniel Misael Vera Llamanzares

Grace Poe-Llamanzares (born Mary Grace Sonora Poe-Llamanzares, 03 September 1968), is the adopted daughter of Fernando Poe Jr. and wife Susan Roces, and half-sister of actress Lovi Poe. She is the former Chairperson of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) in the Philippines, and is now running for the senate in the 2013 National Elections under LP-Akbayan-NPC-NP-LDP coalition. She is also a guest candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance and the Makabayan Coalition.



Grace Poe is a product of Assumption College from elementary to high school. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College in the United States, and finished a two-year course in Development Studies in University of the Philippines, Manila.

Poe came home in 2004 to help her father in his campaign for the presidency.


When she was in the US, Poe worked there as a teacher, then as product liaison officer and as product manager.

When she returned home in the Philippines, she worked as Vice President and Treasurer at the FPJ Productions and Film Archives, Inc. before she was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as Chairperson of the MTRCB.

As MTRCB Chair

As MTRCB Chair, she introduced a new classification system for movies and television, added institutional support to independent filmmakers, and brought together government agencies and media organizations in order to protect the interests of children. This gave birth to Memorandum Circular 05-2011 (Revised TV Ratings), introducing a new set of guidelines on TV Classification by introducing the 'Strong Parental Guidance' ("SPG") in addition to the existing 'General Patronage' ("G") and 'Parental Guidance' ("PG") television content ratings. The memorandum also implemented the pictogram advisory written in full-screen, and verbal advisory about the TV classification before the opening credits of a particular program.

In 2012, through Memorandum Circular 08-2012 (Classification Rating 16), Poe also introduced Restricted 16 ("R16") as an additional Film Classification Rating for movies which have content that is too mature for 13-year-old viewers and too juvenile for 18-year-old moviegoers.

Personal Life

Grace Poe is married to Teodoro Misael “Neil” Vera Llamanzares. They have three children, namely Brian, Hanna, and Nika.

In one of her interviews, she admitted that she is a film buff and her favorite local movie is In My Life.


In line with his father's hopes to alleviate poverty in the country, Grace Poe outlines her platform that, according to her, “builds on my father’s social covenant”:

  • Poverty Alleviation
    • Sustainable Inclusive Growth- Poe believes that growth should be "inclusive". This growth will happen in an environment of macroeconomic stability, with investment-friendly policies, and supported by infrastructure development and timely capability-building interventions.
    • Focus on Family- She will endorse incentives to institutions that promote family-oriented programs.
    • Mobilizing Goodwill- Poe will empower people to take part in anti-poverty programs rather than just become passive recipients of help.
    • Good governance- She supports the administration's efforts to make "tuwid na daan" as the benchmark on Philippines political and economic life. Poe will:
      • Encourage private sector initiatives to build anti-corruption integrity circles in government and in private companies.
      • Further promote transparency and accountability in government through the enactment of laws that provide access to information about government transactions.
      • Provide capability programs for local government units and encourage inter-LGU sharing of good practices.
      • Promote the use of information technology to provide government services and engage our people in dialogue.
    • Resource Generation and Use- Poe supports:
      • Existing government programs that develop the capacity of the poor to improve their lives, such as the "Pantawid Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino", expansion of health insurance, skill training, education, and social housing.
      • Agrarian reform program as means to empower small farmers.
    • Peaceful Communities- Poe will encourage community organizations to participate in programs to build peaceful and orderly communities.
    • Anti-Poverty Culture- In line with culture promotion, Poe will push incentives to independent producers who capture Filipino values in their films and strenghten government that protect the Philippine film industry.
  • Opportunities for Our Children
    • Institutional Support for Children
    • Legal Framework for Children- strengthen anti-child-labor law; review mandatory age for criminal liability of children; and reform on educational system.
    • A Good Future for Children- Poe will promote to institutionalize programs that facilitate a more efficient and youth-friendly job employment system, especially for first-time job applicants. She strongly supports the idea of having state-sponsored job employment initiatives.
  • Electoral Reforms
    • Electoral System
      • She believes that the Comelec should be supported in its effort to strengthen its internal offices and processes like its IT-capability, research and development, handling of peace and order, and dialogue with the civil society and other interest groups.
      • Poe will push to institutionalize voter's education in the Philippines.
      • She will reinforce the newly implemented automated system of election. In addition to the efforts to introduce more security features in the PCOS machines, she intend to institutionalize mechanisms that will ensure speedy casting of ballots; trustworthy monitoring of the automated counting of ballots; fast and transparent transmission of electoral data; and, effective validation of electoral data.
    • Toward a More Democratic Election Result- Poe will start discussions about the possibility of moving toward a more propotional election result in the current electoral system in the Philippines.




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