Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero, defends ABS-CBN's Gabby Lopez

Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero, defends ABS-CBN's Gabby Lopez

The ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III got an unlikely ally in former senator and now Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero, as the latter de facto lawyered for the embattled ABS-CBN Corporation head.

Escudero said in defense of Gabby Lopez that based on the 1935, 1973, and 1987 constitutions, Lopez is a Filipino citizen because his parents are both Filipinos.

Not having a Filipino passport does not mean Gabby Lopez III is not s Filipino Escudero explains.

Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero
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It is the Philippine constitution and the law that grants citizenship, not a passport, he added.

“Based on the 1935, 1973, and 1987 Constitutions of the Philippines, Mr. Gabby Lopez is a Filipino citizen for the simple reason that his parents are both citizens of the Philippines.
It is the Constitution and the law or the courts that grant or take away citizenship, not a passport,” Escudero posted.
Gabby Lopez during the House of Representative 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 said he both an American and Filipino citizen, or what is commonly called as a “dual citizen.”
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.

Lopez also said that Congressmen should go beyond the technicality of his citizenship as per the Constitution and talk about his allegiance, his record in the service of the Filipino spanning more than three (3) decades will speak highly of 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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