‘Look at my record of 35 years,’ says Lopez re those who questions his allegiance to the PH

‘Look at my record of 35 years,’ says Lopez re those who questions his allegiance to the PH

ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III dared the lawmakers having issues with his allegiance to the Philippine flag to just “look at (his) record for the past 35 years.”

The joint hearing of the House committee on legislative franchises and the committee on good government and public accountability on the ABS-CBN’s application for a new legislative franchise, is where Gabby Lopez admitted that he is both an American and Filipino citizen, or what is commonly called as a “dual citizen.”

 Anakalusugan Rep. Mike Defensor cited Section 5 of the 1987 Constitution which states that “dual allegiance of citizens is inimical to the national interest and shall be dealt with by law.”

ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III
(screengrabbed from the committee hearing)

“Noong 1991, gumawa ng batas ang Kongreso na ang barangay captain, barangay kagawad, kahit ikaw ay pinanganak sa Amerika, bumalik ka dito, magulang mo ay Pilipino, you have to forego of your Filipino citizenship. Kailangan mo tanggalin ang iyong pag-ka Amerikano, pagka-Tsino, kung ikaw man ay Australiano, kailangan isa lang,” Defensor said.

“Kung kami po nire-require, barangay captain, kagawad, isa lang, Pilipino ka lang, what more for a mass media company na ang pag-iisip ng bawat Pilipino ang pwede mong kontrolin?” the lawmaker added.

In his reply, Lopez maintained his commitment to the “people of this country.”

“Congressman Defensor’s words are very well taken. I stand by my record over the last 35 years. I have been committed to the people of this country. It is a trust that has been passed on to me by my father and my father before him,” said Lopez.

He also said that lawmakers should go beyond the technicality of his citizenship and talk about his allegiance, his record in the service of the Filipino spanning more than three decades will speak for him.

“If you are going to look beyond the technicality and talk about my allegiance, please look at my record for the past 35 years,” he said.

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