How Grace Poe learned she was adopted

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2015 11:51 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2015 07:51 AM

MANILA -- Senator Grace Poe will never forget the day she learned that she was not a biological child of Fernando Poe, Jr., and Susan Roces.

A newborn Poe, wrapped in a blanket, was abandoned inside Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City, where she was found by Sayong Militar on September 3, 1968.

Militar decided to raise Poe as one of her children after she failed to find her biological parents.

However, because of poverty, Militar decided to give the child to Tessie Ledesma Valencia, a landowner, and an avid fan of actress Susan Roces.

Roces, who became close to Valencia, eventually decided to adopt Poe. Together with her husband, the couple raised her as their own child.

In an interview on DZMM's "Dos Por Dos," Poe said she was only seven years old when she learned that she was adopted.

"Hindi sinabi sa akin ng aking mga magulang noong ako'y nag-aaral na. Kasi iniisip nila, kelan ba 'yung tamang pagkakataon? At ang tatay ko parang sinasabi 'bakit pa natin sasabihin?' Ayaw talaga ng dad ko, 'yung mom ko ang nagsabi."

"Pero sa kasamaang palad, naunahan po ako sabihan ng mga kaklase ko. Ganito sila magsalita: 'Ampon ka lang, hindi ka tunay na anak'," Poe said, adding she was able to confirm that she was adopted after she talked to Roces.

Poe has yet to announce whether she will run for a higher position in the coming elections.

According to Poe, she did not dream of becoming President after she saw what happened to her late father.

The late actor lost to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2004 presidential elections.

"Taumbayan po ang madedesisyon nito... ako naman po, kung saka-sakali man, ay para talaga makatulong," she said.