Balanga City—Senator Grace Poe distributed relief goods to flood-stricken families here on Saturday, noting the love of her father, the late actor Fernando Poe Jr., for the province.
“I was not able to get here immediately because of the on and off bad weather. But I tell you once I learned that Bataan was severely affected by typhoon and flooding, I know I have to go here. My late father FPJ loved you very much. How many films he had shot here?”, the senator said in the vernacular to cheering local residents in Barangay Doña Francisca here.
The senator was welcomed by local officials led by Rep. Joet Garcia, Vice Gov. Cris Garcia, Mayor Francis Garcia, and Vice Mayor Vianca Venzon-Gozon.
One thousand bags of relief goods were distributed to beneficiaries here, containing rice, noodles and canned products.
The senator also distributed relief goods to flood victims in Abucay and Hermosa towns.
Dubbed “Ang Panday Bayanihan Relief Distribution,” the event has the senator using personal money and not government fund for the project, said Poe’s digital media head, lawyer Mary Grace C. Panganiban-Mendoza.
Bataan is dear to Poe’s late father because he was saved during the infamous Death March by an old woman from Sta. Rosa, Pilar. FPJ hid under the old woman’s skirt, the senator recounted.
Mariveles, with its picturesque surrounding and stunning rock formations, was a favorite shooting location for the late actor.
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