Susan Roces was overjoyed upon hearing the news that her daughter Senator Grace Poe is officially qualified to run for president in the much-anticipated May 9 elections.
“Wala na akong ibang masabi kundi maraming-maraming salamat sa suporta, sa mga panalangin.
“Patuloy akong nananalangin na maging karapat-dapat si Grace sa kung anuman ang landas na tatahakin niya,” said Susan, adoptive mother of Senator Poe.
In an interview with Mario Dumaual of TV Patrol, Susan maintained that the Supreme Court’s decision, allowing Senator Poe to join the presidential race, is a victory for all foundlings in the country.
“Ang ipinaglalaban ni Grace at ako ay ang karapatan ng mga batang katulad niya.
“Hindi lamang karapatan ni Grace, hindi lamang ang pagtakbo niya bilang pangulo, pero karapatan niyang maging kapantay ng lahat.”
As it was, Senator Poe had been vocal in saying that she got “railroaded” when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc decided to cancel her certificate of candidacy (COC), few days before Christmas Day.
Susan, for her part, was actually grateful that her daughter was given a chance to fight against her detractors in the legal arena.
Susan said in response to persistent detractors of Senator Poe, “Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyo na nagsampa ng mga demandang ito.
“Tinatanaw kong utang na loob kasama ng lahat ng pulot [ampon] sa buong Pilipinas dahil nagkaroon ng boses lahat ng tulad ng anak kong si Grace.”
The veteran actress also spoke about persistent rumors that Senator Poe is the biological love child of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and Rosemarie Sonora.
Rosemarie is Susan's younger sister.
Susan reiterated, “Katawa-tawa na yun.
“Bakit ko naman kukuning ninong at ninang ko si President Marcos at si Imelda Marcos nung panahon na yun?
“Si Grace ay supposed to be ipinanganak September, ikinasal ako December.
“Tapos ikinasal ako, kukunin ko pa? Sobra naman yun.”
Nevertheless, Susan is still hoping that Senator Poe would eventually find her biological parents.
“Kasi kung hindi mo alam ang genetic makeup mo, kapag nagkakasakit ka o ang mga anak mo, kapag tinanong ka ng medical history, wala kang masagot.
“Kung minsan nawawala sa isip ni Grace na hindi ako ang kanyang ina, hindi si Ronnie [Fernando Poe Jr.] ang kanyang ama,” she concluded.