VETERAN actress Susan Roces defended Tuesday her adoptive daughter, presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe, against criticisms by his political foes that she is not a natural-born Filipino because she was a foundling.
"I do not understand why they are saying that my daughter (Poe) is not a Filipino. How did she land here (in Iloilo if that's the case)?" Roces told reporters, as she visited public markets in Iloilo.
Roces joined her daughter on a sortie in the province where got 121,783 votes when she ran in the 2013 senatorial race.
Roces and her late husband, actor Fernando Poe Jr., adopted the senator after being found inside the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Iloilo City.
In a separate venue, Poe maintained that she is a "daughter" of Iloilo.
"I was born here in Jaro (in Iloilo). I was really found here," the senator told the people in the northern town of Carles.
"I know, I could barely speak Ilonggo dialect. It is true that I was raised in Manila but those who took care of me and surrounded me were mostly from here, and I won't forget that I was found here (in Iloilo)," she added.
Poe then promised that if elected president, she would return the kindness that was done to her by the people of the province when she was a child.
She said she would prioritize infrastructure projects in Iloilo, like the Iloilo-Guimaras Negros Bridge that would boost trade and tourism in the Western Visayas region.
"If I become president, I would really ensure that it (the proposed project) would be hastily approved. The Iloilo to Guimaras, Guimaras to Negros bridge will get fund," Poe said. "The projects that we will make in Iloilo will help create more jobs and more schools." (Sunnex)