DFA: Yasay's passport renewal not an ordinary case

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2017 05:59 PM

former DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is not certain when it can decide on the passport renewal application of its former chief.

DFA spokesperson Charles Jose confirmed the DFA decided to "hold" former DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay's application to renew his passport pending the result of the agency's investigation on his citizenship.

Yasay's passport is set to expire in 2018.

Last week, the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected Yasay's appointment over concerns on his citizenship.

"Kasi hindi siya ordinary case no? Alam naman natin na katatapos lang ng confirmation hearing ng CA and precisely, yun ang issue levelled at him. Yung issue of his citizenship and alam din natin na Philippine passports should only be issued to Filipino citizens," Jose said.

Yasay admitted in an interview with ANC that he once held a U.S. passport, although he insisted that he never legally became a U.S. citizen.

Jose clarified though that Yasay can still use his existing passport which remains valid despite the status of his passport renewal.

"Hindi naman ma-i-inconvenience si Sec. Yasay dahil hawak pa rin nya yung kanyang still unexpired passport. So, he can travel and use this," Jose said.