Quantcast
Latest Stories
SUPPORTER, DEFENDER, FINANCIER

Susan Roces goes to bat for Grace Poe


Susan Roces: All-out for Grace Poe

SAN CARLOS CITY, Philippines—Aside from being the biggest contributor to Grace Poe’s campaign kitty, veteran movie actress Susan Roces said she is also her daughter’s biggest campaigner in the senatorial race.

“Modesty aside, size-wise and age-wise, I am her biggest campaigner,” Roces told reporters during a visit to the relatives of her late husband, Fernando Poe Jr., in this city on Monday.

Roces said she still had to get used to attacks on her daughter, particularly after the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) adopted Poe and then dropped her from its lineup.

“They don’t know the meaning of the word adoption. You don’t adopt somebody then shove her away,”she said.

Roces knows what adoption is all about. She and her husband adopted Grace, who was abandoned as a newborn at a church in Jaro, Iloilo.

“When you adopt somebody, you adopt everything [about her]. My husband and I adopted Grace and we took her in wholeheartedly. I don’t know (UNA’s) definition of adoption,”she said.

But Roces said she did not want to discuss UNA’s actions any further.

“I don’t want to make a fuss about my feelings. If I was hurt or I was happy [about UNA’s rejection of Grace], sa akin na lang ’yon (I prefer to keep that to myself). It was a political decision so let us respect that,”she said.

Roces said Grace first expressed her desire to run for public office in 2010 under the wings of her godfather former President Joseph Estrada. But Grace was advised that she was “not ripe yet for politics,”Roces said.

“Now, it’s 2013 and everybody is getting older and running after time. Why is it suitable for their sons and daughters [to run] but not my daughter?”she asked.

“Why take it against her when somebody wanted her and embraced her? Why are they mad at her? Excuse me,” she said.

Roces said she appreciates how Team PNoy has been handling the campaign. “They don’t use anybody. Whatever we do, we do voluntarily, on our own. The candidates help each other. Grace and Chiz (reelectionist Sen. Francis Escudero) help each other… President Aquino volunteered to endorse Grace and I did not have to give anything back,”she said.

Roces said she took offense at detractors who said Grace had been taking advantage of her adoptive father’s surname, Poe.

“Everybody should be proud of one’s name. That is her [family] name. Hindi niya inangkin lang (She did not claim it). Besides, [voters] can easily remember Poe. Let us be practical,”she said.—Yolanda Sotelo


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Elections , Grace Poe , political campaigns , Susan Roces




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  2. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  3. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  4. Massive infra spending set
  5. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  6. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  7. Passengers denied chance to escape sinking South Korea ferry
  8. South Korea president shouted down by distraught parents
  9. Two Popes who would be saints
  10. Lacson’s wife loses diamond earring to thieves but recovers jewelry quickly with police arrest
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • US teacher fired over comment on black president
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
  • Filipinos, Dutch re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  • 14 killed in car bombing in Homs
  • Sports

  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Pacquiao shorts in Bradley fight sold for P1.7M in LA auction
  • Ryu pitches Dodgers past Giants
  • Alonso sets the pace in Chinese GP practice
  • Heat seek Three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • DoH denies Filipino nurse no longer positive for MERS virus
  • WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement