Poe emphasized their family is not open to transfer the remains of her father FPJ at Libingan ng mga Bayani
The remains of the so-called “Da King” of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe Jr. or popularly known as FPJ, will not be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in Taguig City.
This is what his daughter, Senator Grace Poe, reiterated on December 14, Wednesday, as they celebrated the 12th death anniversary of FPJ.
Poe, who went back to being a senator after losing in the presidential race last May, said that there were suggestions to bury at the LNMB the remains of the veteran actor FPJ, who was also a losing presidential candidate.
FPJ was named a national artist and is qualified to be laid at the Heroes’ cemetery but the lady Solon disagrees with the suggestions.
“Sabi nila ilipat na natin sa Libingan ng mga Bayani dahil siya daw ay isang bayani, ngunit noong namayapa pa lang si FPJ at bago pa noon alam na nating bayani sa puso natin dahil tumulong siya sa atin nang taos sa puso”.
(They suggest that we transfer his remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani because he was a hero but when FPJ died and even before that, we already knew that he was a hero because he helped us with all his heart.)
“Bakit natin ililipat? Unang una, siya ang pumili ng lugar na ito sapagkat katabi niya ang kaniyang mga mahal sa buhay lalo na ang kaniyang mga magulang at pangalawa at higit sa lahat, alam niya na dito sa North Cemetery ang pinakamahirap nating kababayan ay puwedeng pumunta, kahit na anong oras”.
(Why do we have to transfer? In the first place, he chose this place because he would be lying next to his loved one especially his parents and secondly and most importantly, he knows that here in the North Cemetery, the poorest of our countrymen can visit anytime.)
Senator Poe added that they do not need to place her father in a memorial which will make it hard for the commoners to have access to, adding that if FPJ would become unreachable, he would lose the spirit of being an FPJ.
Meanwhile, Poe expressed gratitude to the supporters to continue to visit her father’s grave, more than a decade after he passed away in 2004, just half a year after he lost the presidential race against former President and now Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.