Congress pays tribute to Susan Roces

Both the Senate and House of Representatives on Monday paid tribute to the life and legacy of the Jesus Purificacion Levi Sonora Poe popularly known as Susan Roces, mother of Senator Grace Poe., ,During the resumption of the Senate session, the upper chamber unanimously adopted Senate Resolution 1002, which expresses the Senate’s “profound sympathy and sincere condolences of the Senate of the Philippines” for Roces. , ,The resolution was sponsored by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto. , ,In his speech, Sotto said that Roces, a close friend of his wife Helen, should be honored for her contribution to the Philippine film industry. , ,“Today we honor the life of a movie icon, a true Filipina, a national treasure. However, it has been said that the best speech delivered on occasions like this do not emanate from the speakers, but from the deed or the legacy of the person being honored,” he said. , ,“Your life is an inspiration to not only those who have been and are still part of the movie industry, but also to all Filipinos whose lives you have touched — whether through your deeds or moves you have starred in,” he added., ,Meanwhile, Poe expressed her gratitude to her colleagues for the gesture. , ,“I am here today in spite of the fact that her wake is still ongoing, I guess because it is comforting to be surrounded by friends and also to finish my work. My work will always encourage me no matter what to finish what I started,” Poe said., ,The lawmaker, who was adopted by Roces and the late Fernando Poe Jr., also thanked her fellow Senators Risa Hontiveros, and Pia Cayetano for their efforts to the recently passed “Foundling Law.” , ,Poe said it was the subject of her last conversation with Roces, who she credited for owning her as her own., ,“She said ‘Congratulations,’ and she was so happy. And I said ‘No, congratulations to you,’ I said because that law was inspired by many like her who put together diligently all the paperwork necessary to make sure that they can prove that the child was indeed found in the country and care for them,” she said. , ,Meanwhile, a house resolution has been filed to unanimously nominate Roces to posthumously join the Order of National Artists., ,The proposed House Resolution 2584, which was filed by ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Jocelyn Tulfo, expresses “the deep sense of appreciation of the House of Representatives for the immense contribution of Susan Roces to Philippine arts and culture and the development of the entertainment industry.” , ,HR 2584 notes that Susan Roces is “regarded as the “Queen of Philippine Movies”, having starred in more than 130 films, reigning alongside her husband the “King of Philippine Movies” National Artist Fernando Poe, Jr.”, ,The Poe family earlier announced the passing of Roces on 20 May. She was 80.