WE’VE always felt Congreve’s or Shakespeare’s “Hell hath no fury like the wrath of a woman scorned” is a bit too hyperbolic and too disrespectful of womanhood to be given any importance. But we thought of it when we read yesterday’s banner story [“Susan hits Grace foes”] by our colleague Tessa Mauricio-Arriola and saw the accompanying headshot of an angry Susan Roces.
We feel deeply for Mrs. Jesusa Soñora Poe, whose maternal heart must have been pierced with pain each time she heard or read accusations against her daughter. It was clear to us that the pain she feels is more excruciating whenever she hears any one calling Senator Poe an adopted daughter and a foundling. Parents of adopted children try their mightiest best to spare the children any pain, shame or stigma for not being natural or biological offsprings. And her words about this are heart-wringing: “How dare you call my daughter a foundling!”
“Never ko siyang tinawag na adopted. Never ko siyang tinawag na ampon. Lalong never, never ko siyang tinawag na pulot! How dare they use that word! [I never called her adopted. I never called her an adopted baby. And most especially, I never called her a foundling.] Grace is our daughter!”
The beloved Susan Roces said these things at a news conference held after she signed an endorsement contract for a laundry detergent brand. The event was held a day after Veritas radioman Rizalito David filed a disqualification case against Poe before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for allegedly misrepresenting her qualifications–particularly her citizenship–when she ran for a Senate seat in 2013.
David earlier filed a petition asking the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to unseat her on similar ground.
Roces is the widow of the late action movie king Fernando Poe, Jr. who, many believe, was cheated of the presidency in the 2004 elections.
Grace freely decided to become a politician
Most observers, however, think Senator Grace Poe brought on these unfortunate and unpleasant labels of her in the mass media (including The Times) because she freely decided to become a politician and is apparently seeking the presidency.
Her being in active politics has made people–not just her fellow politicians who don’t like her but also serious defenders of the rule of law and the Philippine Constitution–ask about the status of her citizenship, why she signed under oath the false declaration that she is the natural born child of Fernando Poe and Susan Roces, and when she actually lost her US citizenship and how she reacquired her questioned status as a “natural born” Filipino citizen.
From Mrs. Fernando Poe’s words it appears that she and her husband had to fight for Grace Poe to have a “true birth certificate.” She said at the press conference that when the baby was found in a church in Jaro, Iloilo, her umbilical cord was still intact, proving that she was indeed born in the Philippines. But then she also said, “Anong karapatan nila na ipawalang-bisa ‘yung ipinaglaban namin sa korte para magkaroon siya ng tunay na birth certificate [Who gave them the power to nullify what we fought for in court that she be given a real birth certificate]?”
Does that court-approved birth certificate falsely say that Grace Poe’s natural parents were Fernando Kelly Poe and Jesusa Sonora Poe?
Typical comments from readers
Here UNEDITED are some of the typical and less hurting comments we have received from readers about Susan Roces’ angry outburst.
(Reader Baba). “How dare you Susan the actress making us to accept your adopted Grace be the president of the Republic of the Philippines without question asked. If the court proved that your adopted daughter is lying under oath, then, totoo ang lahat ng sinabi mo noon na ang sinungaling ay kapatid ng magnanakaw, at lalabas na nagsinungaling si Grace not only once but twice!!! as chairman and as senator?”
(Reader Ronto Caniada). “Ms. Susan Roces, take’em to court. File for Defamation.”
(Reader Zak Pasiking).”Madam Susan, mas mabuti siguro kung sabihin mo ang totoo. Who is the real biologidal father and mother of Madam Grace.?”
(Reader Jose A. Oliveros). “Ms. Jesusa Sonora-Poe, a.k.a. Susan Roces should be reminded that her adopted daughter – Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares – was the one who has been proclaiming herself to be a ‘foundling.’ Just visit the Senate website and read her bio-data there. As for her citizenship, I have been repeatedly asking under what category of Filipino citizen under Art. IV of the 1935 Constitution does she fall to be classified as a natural-born Filipino citizen but neither she nor her battery of supposedly noted lawyers have come out with an answer.”
(Reader Oraman), “Answer the issues Mrs POE !”
(Reader Dominador D. Canastra). “If she is a natural born Filipino citizen, where and when was she born? Or, does Mrs. Jesusa Poe say that all adopted children are natural born citizens on the day they are adopted by Filipino parents? What we are talking about are legal and constitutional issues–not sentimentalisms as in movies.”
(Reader Ivana). “Ms. Susan Roces-Poe…welcome to politics 101. It’s not for thin-skinned people. Advise your ‘daughter’ to come up with all the proof to prove that the allegations are baseless. Until then, expect more and just sùck it up. End of story.”