Philippine Daily Inquirer
In the debates and deliberations on the recently-signed act simplifying procedures for local adoptions, one figure’s presence loomed large in the background.
That figure is none other than Sen. Grace Poe, the adoptive daughter of the late action movie king (and presidential aspirant) Fernando Poe, Jr., and still reigning movie queen Susan Roces. Senator Poe was found while still an infant in the baptismal font of a church in Jaro, Iloilo, and, through a network of family friends, was adopted by the movie star couple.
For a country with a rapidly growing population that gives rise to increasing poverty and neglect of children, the Philippines would do well to give priority to easing the rules governing the adoption of thousands of neglected children. The arrival of a wanted child would be a much-desired outcome for people seeking to complete their family. But adoption also cuts the other way: it also means giving a child a loving family.
BLESSED are the CHILDREN
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