MANILA — Following issues thrown against her citizenship, Senator Grace Poe filed a bill to strengthen registering birth of children in need of special protection including foundlings.
Poe said in a statement on Sunday that the bill aims to protect the aspirations of children who were abandoned by their biological parents.
“I am doing this no longer for myself but for the thousands of children who were abandoned, who might grow up never knowing their biological parents, and whose dreams and aspirations may be limited because of their status,” Poe said.
Poe noted that abandoned children should not be considered “second class citizens” and their rights should be protected.
Poe was left in a church in Iloilo City as a baby and was adopted by the late Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces.
Her citizenship has recently become controversial because of the unknown circumstances of her birth.
But Poe earlier said that she has necessary documents to prove that she was a natural-born Filipino and that she is qualified to run for higher office.