Grace Poe returns to San Carlos City
SAN CARLOS CITY – Senator Grace Poe returned to this city on September 2 to thank her citymates for their overwhelming support during the past election, and to have an advance celebration of her birthday which is September 3.
GRACIOUS GRACE. Senator Grace Poe thanks her citymates in San Carlos during a visit last week, distributing relief goods to victims of monsoon rains and launching her pet program free lunch for schoolkids. YOLANDA SOTELO
Poe said the visit was her first time to go around after the elections, “after resting and spending time with the family.”
“After the elections, medyo emotional pa. Now, I’m stronger and I can face the people without drama,” she said.
She said she was grateful for all the support of the Pangasineses, especially the residents of San Carlos City, during the elections.
“This is where it all began. This is where my father came from. I would not have gotten that much support without the memories of my father,” she said.
Her adoptive father, the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr., hailed from this city.
Poe launched the free lunch for schoolchildren program, which she plans to implement nationwide, as well as gave relief goods to victims of the continuous monsoon rains.
In an interview with reporters, she said despite Senator Bongbong Marcos and her calling each other as “kabsat,” she stands firm on her decision against the burial of deposed President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Kayo naman, nagtatampo na nga yong kapatid ko, eh. Ang tawag nga sa akin kabsat,” she jokingly told reporters here when she came to visit her adoptive father Fernando Poe Jr.’s home city.
POSING WITH OFFICIALS. Senator Grace Poe pose with San Carlos City Mayor Joseres Resuello, Vice Mayor Julier Resuello’s wife Suzanne, Abono Partylist President Rosendo So and City Chief of Police, Supt. Nestor Cusi.
An urban legend continues to live on that Poe was President Marcos’s daughter, something that she and Marcos tried to make light of, even calling each other “kabsat,” an Ilocano endearment for brother or sister.
“I am thankful that the issue is already at the Supreme Court. Even during the campaign period (for presidential elections), I already said there will be chaos (if they insist on burying him at LMB) because we have a law recognizing the atrocities of Martial Law. If you recognize that, why would you favor (the burial)?” she said.
She added that no president should be able to decide who will be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, but the decision should rely on a commission composed of independent individuals so no politics should come into play.
“They said he (Marcos) was a soldier so he can be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, so there is something vague there. So a commission should really be created for the purpose,” she added.
As to her supposed filial relationships with the Marcoses, Poe said whether friends or family or foes, “as a politician you should always conform to the law.”
“Kung ano ang paniwala mo ayon sa batas, yon ang sundin mo. I praised (Ilocos Norte Governor) Imee for her initiatives in Ilocos. But there are things that as a senator, you should decide based on the law.”
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