Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday said her family has no plans of transferring the remains of her father, the late actor and presidential bet Fernando Poe Jr, to the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
In a speech commemorating Poe's death anniversary, the senator said her father wanted to be buried in the Manila North Cemetery so that he could be close to his loved ones.
More importantly, she said her father wanted to be close to the poor.
"Bakit natin ililipat? Unang una, siya ang pumili ng lugar na ito sapagkat katabi niya ang kanyang mga mahal sa buhay lalo na ang kanyang mga magulang. Pangalawa at higit sa lahat, alam niya dito sa North Cemetery ang pinakamahiirap nating kababayan ay pwedeng pumunta kahit anong oras. Bakit pa kailangan ng bantayog sa ibang lugar na mahirap abutin? Pag si FPJ ay mahirap abutin, mawawala ang diwa ng pagiging FPJ," he said.
Born August 20, 1939, Poe had a long career as an action film star, earning him the nickname "King of Philippine Movies."
He ran for president in 2004 but lost in an election marred by allegations of widespread cheating.
He died on December 11, 2004 due to thrombosis with multiple organ failure at age 64.
He was honored as National Artist in 2006 but his family refused to receive it under the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the actor’s rival during the 2004 elections.