Poe: My parents’ unconditional love brought me here
March 31, 2016 at 8:28 pm
Senator Grace Poe, the first foundling to run for president of the Philippines, credited the unconditional love of her adoptive parents, movie icons Susan Roces and Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ), for where she is today.
Gobyernong may Puso presidential candidate Grace Poe in a stump last Monday at the town of Sta. Maria, Pangasinan. Poe, vice presidential aspirant Chiz Escudero, and ticket had their motorcades and whistle stops in the same day at the towns of San Nicolas, Tayug, Sta. Maria, Asingan, and San Manuel all located at Eastern Pangasinan.
Poe thanked her parents for the education they gave her when she was a growing up. It spelled the difference in her life, she said.
“I am a living example of how the unconditional love of parents can change the life of a child,” said Poe, a foundling who was abandoned at the Jaro Church in Iloilo as an infant. She was found by the helper of a rich landlady who was a good friend of FPJ and Roces.
“This lovely couple chose me with all my wounds and scabby skin as a baby and adopted me. They treated me as their own and sent me to the best schools for my education,” Poe said.
“Looking back, it was the unconditional love of my parents and a good education that transformed the foundling or the ‘pulot’ to the senator who stands before you today,” she said.
Poe, the lone independent candidate, leads all presidential hopefuls in pre-election surveys showing her the top choice of Filipinos in most economic classes.
In 2013, she made history as the national candidate with the highest number of votes, garnering over 20 million votes to top the senatorial race, also as an independent.
“Armed with a good education, the love of your families and the grace of God, nothing is impossible. If this foundling from Iloilo was able to do it, so can you,” she said.
Poe advised the graduates to use their education for the betterment of others, and not to oppress those who are not as fortunate as they are.
“This moment marks the start of progress for you and your family. You are very fortunate to be here today. You are now part of the elite 10 percent of our population with a college education,” she said.
“At this juncture, I urge you to remember the difference between a degree and an education… Huwag sana kayong matulad sa mga taong nakapagtapos pero wala namang pinag-aralan. You can advance yourself without oppressing others,” the senator said.
While a diploma could serve as a ticket to jobs and opportunities that are not available to 90 percent of the population, it was not the most important thing that defines a person’s character, Poe told the graduating students.
“It is how you treat other people, especially those who have less in life that will determine if your stint in college indeed educated you,” she said. “Ganoon din ang kahit na sinong naninilbihan sa gobyerno. Dapat pinag-aaralan mabuti, kinakausap ang mga taong pinagsisilbihan, at dapat nakakaramdam.”
Poe is running under the banner of “Gobyernong may Puso” which is pushing for rapid, sustainable and genuine inclusive growth that will not leave behind poor Filipino families. She also vowed to lead a transparent government and move towards global competitiveness.
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