ABS-CBN statement on the citizenship of Chairman Emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III
Mr. Gabby Lopez is a Filipino citizen.
He was born to Filipino parents — under the 1935 Constitution that was in effect when he was born — which automatically makes him a Filipino citizen.
He did not need to acquire Filipino citizenship because he never lost it nor renounced it.
He was born in the US and under the US Constitution, he is also a US citizen.
A passport is not the sole proof of citizenship. When Mr. Lopez asked the Bureau of Immigration to recognize his citizenship, it was for the purpose of getting official recognition of his Filipino citizenship.
The Department of Justice and the Bureau of Immigration have both recognized the Philippine citizenship from birth of Mr. Lopez as contained in Identification Certificate No. 0069 dated 1 Oct 2002.
Si Gabby Lopez ay isang Filipino citizen.
Ang mga magulang niya ay Filipino nang siya ay ipinanganak, at sa ilalim ng 1935 Constitution na epektibo noong ipinanganak siya, awtomatiko ay isa siyang Filipino.
Hindi na niya kailangan pang kumuha ng Filipino citizenship dahil hindi naman ito nawala at hindi niya rin tinalikuran ang kanyang Filipino citizenship.
Ipinanganak siya sa US at sa ilalim ng US Constitution, isa rin siyang US citizen.
Hindi lang pasaporte ang nag-iisang basehan ng citizenship. Noong lumapit si Ginoong Lopez sa Bureau of Immigration, ito ay para lamang opisyal nilang kilalanin ang kanyang pagiging Filipino.
Parehong kinilala ng Department of Justice at Bureau of Immigration ang Philippine citizenship mula kapanganakan ni Ginoong Lopez ayon sa nakasaad sa Identification Certificate No. 0069 na may petsang 1 October 2002.