SolGen Calida has evidence - 2001 documents to prove ABS-CBN's Gabby Lopez is an American

SolGen Calida has evidence - 2001 documents to prove ABS-CBN's Gabby Lopez is an American

Solicitor General Jose Calida is on the prowl and will make sure that while the ABS-CBN broadcasting operations have stopped he has stepped on the gas and has trained his sights on Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III.

SolGen Calida apparently has pieces of evidence that will show that Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III was a citizen of the United States when he and his family controlled ABS-CBN Corp. in 1987.

 The SolGen has cited documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) dating back to 2001 which showed that the ABS-CBN chair was not a Filipino citizen.

SolGen Jose Calida
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Also an April 30 letter to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) obtained by ABS-CBN News, SolGen Calida said Gabby Lopez was only recognized as a Filipino on April 25, 2001 in a recognition order issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and as affirmed by then DOJ Secretary Hernando P. Perez via his indorsement dated August 6, 2001.

“Clearly, when ABS­ CBN Corporation’s franchise was approved on March 30, 1995, through Republic Act No. 7966, Mr. Lopez, in strict terms, was an American citizen, another violation of our nationalization laws,” said Calida.
“Despite being recognized as a Filipino in 2001, Mr. Lopez continued to use his American passport as shown by the List of Travel Records dated March 3, 2020 issued by the BI, with Control No. 20034520. His actuations patently belie his recognition and acceptance of the authority of the Philippines and cast doubt on his true faith and allegiance,” he added.

As per the 1987 Constitution, only Filipinos are allowed to own and media companies.

It was former Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao who first exposed Lopez as a US citizen in February 24, 2020. “Lopez acquired Philippine citizenship only in 2004, a year after the Dual Citizenship Law took effect. This law allowed natural-born Filipinos who acquired citizenship in another country to acquire Philippine citizenship after a process specified by the law,” said Tiglao.

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