DOJ affirms Gabby Lopez dual citizenship : “Siya rin ay American citizen dahil doon siya pinanganak,” - DOJ Usec. Villar.

DOJ affirms Gabby Lopez dual citizenship : “Siya rin ay American citizen dahil doon siya pinanganak,” - DOJ Usec. Villar.





Now it can be known by everybody that ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III is indeed both a natural-born Filipino citizen and an American citizen.
This after the Department of Justice (DOJ) has affirmed such fact, this was testified to by Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar during the ongoing House committee legislative franchises hearings.


Villar said Lopez is both a natural-born Filipino citizen and an American citizen by virtue of the 1935 Constitution since his parents were both Filipinos.
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“Ang pag-confirm sa citizenship ni Mr. Gabby Lopez, sa kanyang pagkapanganak siya ay Filipino citizen,” Villar said during the House inquiry.
But Villar stressed that Lopez also can’t deny the fact that he’s a U.S. citizen under the virtue of “jus soli” or right of birthplace guaranteed under the 14th Amendment of the U.S Constitution.
Gabby Lopez was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Siya rin ay American citizen dahil doon siya pinanganak,” said Villar.

According to Villar, Gabby Lopez’s use of U.S. passport for most of his life is not a reason in losing his Filipino citizenship.
“Ang paggamit ng U.S. passport ay hindi rin dahilan ng pagkawala niya ng Filipino citizenship,” she said.
In the same legislative inquiry, ABS-CBN chairman emeritus revealed that he was only able to obtain a Philippine passport back in 2001 and he’s been using his U.S. passport to travel even until such time that he assumed the chairmanship of ABS-CBN from his father, Eugenio Jr. in 1996.
He also told the House panel during the said hearing that he was able to vote in the last 2016 US presidential elections where the Republican real estate billionaire Donald Trump won.




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