By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Grace Poe on Thursday lauded the signing of the Republic Act No. 11222 or the Simulated Birth Rectification Act which simplifies the process of child adoption.
Poe, a co-author of the Senate version of the measure, thanked President Duterte “for having the heart for children in need of families and for seeing this measure through.”
The reelectionist senator said the new law will end the “long, tedious and sometimes heart-wrenching journey for adoptive parents and adoptees”
“This will remove the stigma of the ‘ampon lang’ mentality because it reinforces that adoption is right and legal and life-changing,” she added.
Poe was adopted and raised by actors Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces.
In 2015, she figured in a legal battle with the Commission on Elections which questioned her nationality since she was a foundling. But the Supreme Court sided with her and ruled she was a naturally born Filipino, allowing her to run in the 2016 presidential race.
“My parents gave me this meaningful life and I hope that many children will experience it, too, with their new families,” she said.
RA 11222 was signed by the President last February 21, which removes the court proceedings in the adoption of a child.
Instead of going through the courts, those who will file a petition may do so through the Social Welfare and Development Officer of the city or municipality where the child resides.
It also “grants amnesty and allows the rectification of the simulated birth of a child where simulation was made for the best interest of the child and that such child has been consistently considered and treated by the person.”