A woman claimed that she is the aunt of Senator Grace Poe, and that she is the younger sister of Sen. Poe’s biological mother. The revelation was made this Thursday, December 10, 2015 when the woman approached the presidential aspirant while the latter visited Iloilo City to check an attempted break-in at the office of Aksyon Radio station. Watch news video below.
According to News5, the woman identified herself as Lorena Rodriguez-Dechavez, who was from Buenavista, Guimaras and not Iloilo. She said the name of Grace Poe’s real mother is Victoria Rodriguez but noted that she already passed away in 1996. Lorena said she and herr entire clan know ever since that Grace Poe is their relative but decided to keep silent about it.
“Naawa na kami sa kanya, kaya lumabas kami na kamag anak nya po para matapos na ang problema. Para makilala niya kung sino pamilya niya, para makilala ng buong Pilipinas na di cya American citizen, Pilipino siya.” Lorena Rodriguez said, emphasizing that she or any member of her family are willing to undergo the DNA test any time just to prove their claim.
(We pity her, that’s why we came out as her relative, to finally end this problem, so that she will know about her real family, so that the entire country will know her not as an American citizen, but as a Filipino.)
Rodriguez-Dechavez added that it is not true that Sen. Grace Poe was abandoned and was found inside the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City in 1968. Instead, she said the senator was brought to Iloilo from Guimaras, and was later adopted by the late Action King, Fernando Poe, Jr (FPJ) and his wife, actress Susan Roces. Documents say that Grace Poe was born on September 3, 1968.
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In a separate interview by News5 Everywhere, the supposed aunt of Sen. Grace Poe said that her sister, Victoria Rodriguez got pregnant by a farmer named Francisco Montnez, who later abandoned her. When Victoria gave birth to a baby girl, the infant was adopted by a certain Corazon Javellana, who later passed the baby to Rosario “Sayong” Militar, a friend of Susan Roces.
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Meanwhile, Sen. Grace Poe said she is happy about this latest development about her real identity. She added that proving that Victoria Rodriguez is real mother would be a great relief as a person, considering the time she has waited to know her biological roots. DNA tests of two unidentified people have been conducted by Poe said last month that both of them are negative result.
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This Friday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) First Division has canceled the certificate of candidacy (COC) of Sen. Grace Poe as a a presidentiable in the 2016 election. The result of votes is 2-1 in favor of the disqualification of Poe to run for president due to lack of evidence of Poe’s questioned Filipino citizenship and her residence in the Philippines.
The Comelec First Division decided based on the three disqualification cases against Sen Poe. Nevertheless, Atty. George Garcia, (Poe’s lawyer) said they are happy that the decision is not unanimous, which means there is one Comelec member who believs in their evidence. He added that Poe’s camp will file a motion for reconsideration to the Comelec en banc.
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