Senator Grace Poe's last conversation with her late mother Susan Roces will always be "symbolic" to her, who talked about the signing of the Foundling Recognition and Protection Act, a bill that recognizes foundlings as natural-born Filipinos.
In an ambush interview on Saturday, May 21, Grace recalled how they both celebrated the passage of the bill, given how the issue will always be close to their hearts — with the senator being the adopted daughter of the veteran actress and the late Fernando Poe Jr.
“Excited ako nu’n, tinawagan ko siya, tapos sabi pa niya sa akin, ‘Congratulations,’ kasi imagine, ipinaglaban niya ‘yan para sa akin matagal na, na magkaroon ng patas na karapatan ang mga batang inabandona," Grace recounted.
"Tapos sabi ko, ‘Ma, not congratulations to me alone, congratulations to you because if not for you and for this advocacy that you fought for, hindi ito magiging ganito. Hindi ako magiging nasa ganitong pagkakataon sa buhay’,” she added.
Shortly after she relayed the news, the screen veteran was rushed to the hospital after complaining about pains.
“So masaya siya, tapos alam mo, pagkatapos nu’n, parang naiba na. ‘Yun na ang huling pag-uusap namin kaya napaka-symbolic nga, parang inintay niya. Pero pagkatapos nu’n, nu’ng dinala na namin siya sa ospital, parang wala sa sarili, tapos nagko-complain siya na may pain siya,” she said.
Grace also noted that something had been different about her mom for the past two weeks: their usual hour-long conversations were reduced to 10-minute ones, and Susan had trouble breathing over the phone.
She later died of cardio-pulmonary arrest on May 20.
Dubbed as the Queen of Philippine Movies, Susan started her career in 1952. She topbilled countless iconic films, including “Patayin Mo sa Sindak si Barbara”, “Gumising Ka, Maruja”, “Pangarap Ko’y Ikaw”, and more.
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