QUEZON City Mayor Joy Belmonte has given her all-out support to Senate President Vicente Sotto’s proposal to rename Roosevelt Avenue after the late action king Fernando Poe Jr.
She backed the city council’s move to pass a resolution urging the Senate and House of Representatives to rename Roosevelt Avenue as Fernando Poe Jr. Avenue, instead of Del Monte Avenue.
In a recent public consultation, the council’s committee on cultural affairs and tourism, led by Councilor Candy Medina and the other stakeholders arrived at the decision in response to a proposal seeking to rename Del Monte Avenue after the late action king.
“It is right and proper to honor the late Fernando Poe Jr. for his invaluable contribution to the city and our culture. At the same time, we also recognize the historical and religious significance of the area. We are hoping this issue will be resolved judiciously,” Belmonte said.
She lauded Sotto’s similar proposal to rename Roosevelt Avenue after the late action star Fernando Poe Jr. in honor of his contribution to Philippine movies.
Priests, residents and other stakeholders opposed the original Senate bill filed by Senator Lito Lapid because the avenue has historical and religious significance.
Its name was derived from San Francisco del Monte, a retreat founded in 1590 by Franciscan missionary Fray Pedro Bautista, who was later canonized as a saint.
Sotto, for his part, said he wanted to rename Roosevelt Avenue because this is where FPJ’s ancestral home is located.
He said Roosevelt Avenue is ideal since it is larger compared to Del Monte Avenue. DALISAY NOLASCO
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