Don't flip flop on citizenship!
"The citizenship issue is not just a technicality for someone seeking the presidency.This is not about her being a foundling."
Senator Grace Poe disclosed on Wednesday that her DNA samples did not match with several persons, who submitted their samples for testing.
But Poe was quick to say that the result of the DNA test was not the only evidence that they need to prove that she is a natural born Filipino citizen.
“Alam nyo po mahabang proseso itong sa DNA sapagkat hindi lamang isang tao ang aming kinunan dito pero aamin ko sa inyo, yung ang aming mga nakuha na ay hindi po nagtugma ang aming DNA,” she said in an interview over DZMM.
“Ngayon nakakalungkot din sapagkat matagal ko na rin inaasam na malaman na rin ang katotohanan tungkol sa mga mismong pagkatao ng aking pamilya na kadugo. Gayunpaman hindi naman ako nawawalan din nag lakas-loob dito sapagkat ang aming tinatayuang legal na basehan ay hindi lang naman sa DNA nakasalalay. Nakasalalaly po ito sa karapatan ng mga bata bilang mga pinanganak dito sa ating bansa,” she added.
Poe, who is running for president in 2016, was referring to a number of disqualification cases filed against her over her citizenship.
“Ako’y Pilipino, ako’y pinanganak dito sa ating bansa, ako po’y lumaki sa ating bansa, pinag-aral ng aking mga magulang dito…Hindi lamang dito lumaki, ngayon ako’y naninilbihan dito sa ating bansa. Wala po akong duda sa aking puso, sa aking isip. Ako ay Pilipino,” she stressed.
Ah, ok, you are a natural born citizen.
But answer these basic questions:
Puwede ba maging Pangulo ng Pilipinas ang isang tao na nagtakwil sa sariling bayan?
The Test of Good Citizenship is Loyalty to the Country
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America ...Why did you renounce Philippine citizenship in the first place?
Grace Poe spent much of her adult life in the United States. She returned to the Philippines after learning that her father, who ran in a disputed presidential election in 2004, died later that year.
Following her father's death, Poe permanently returned to the Philippines, where she started getting involved in politics. From Wikipedia
Grace Poe: citizenship is one of the most important gifts that a country can bestow.How and Why did you renounce your American citizenship?
From Asian Journal:
In an interview with GMA News, Poe stated: “To revert back to Filipino citizenship, ire-renounce mo lang yung US citizenship mo. Yun lang ang ginawa ko. Yun kasi ang condition ng Dual Citizenship Law. Hindi iyon to reacquire Philippine citizenship kasi it reverts back to that automatically.” (To revert back to Filipino citizenship, you simply renounce your US citizenship. That’s all I did. That is the condition of the Dual Citizenship Law. You need not reacquire Philippine citizenship because it reverts back to that automatically.) Again, on May 18, 2015, in a news report, Poe “e xplained that to be able to regain her Filipino citizenship, all she had to do was to renounce her US citizenship as required by Republic Act 9225 or the Citizenship.
Why were you using American passports AFTER your renunciation of American citizenship?
From GMA News:
Traveling to the Philippines reportedly 21 times using her US passport as late as 2009 could hurt Senator Grace Poe's chances of qualifying to run for higher office next year.
Former University of the East law dean Amado Valdez said Poe's use of a US passport as late as 2009 was "indicative" that she still does not consider the Philippines her domicile at the time.
"Na-lose niya ang Philippine citizenship niya noong nag-American citizen siya. She lost her residency when she established permanent residence in the US," Valdez told GMA News Online.
"This is considering that she renounced her Filipino citizenship [when she moved to the US and acquired citizenship there], unlike Imelda," said Valdez in a text message, referring to a 1995 Supreme Court ruling that allowed the former First Lady to run for a post in Leyte despite her long absence there.
Domicile is defined as the "permanent home, the place to which, whenever absent for business or pleasure, one intends to return, and depends on the facts and circumstances, in the sense that they disclose intent."
Former UP law dean Pacifico Agabin meanwhile said Poe's residency in the Philippines should "presumably" start in 2010, given that she was still using her US passport a year before that. It was in 2010 that Poe said she had renounced her US citizenship so she could be appointed to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Agabin had said the 10-year residency rule for those aspiring for the highest posts of the land should be followed because it was "explicitly" stated in the Constitution.
The Daily Tribune reported that based on immigration logs it has obtained, Poe has traveled to and from the Philippines at least 21 times using her US passport.
The newspaper said arrival logs showed Poe arriving to the Philippines using a US passport on Nov. 9, 2003; Dec. 13, 2004; September 2005; March 11, 2006; July 5, 2006; July 23, 2007; Oct. 5, 2008; May 21,2009; and Aug. 3, 2009.
Poe also used her US passport for her departures on July 2, 2006; July 26, 2006; Sept. 11, 2006; Nov. 1, 2006; Oct. 31,2007; April 20, 2009; July 31,2009 and Dec. 27,2009, aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 112.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has refused to confirm or deny the authenticity of the travel records, stressing that members of the media inquiring about the issue are "not concerned parties" and that travel records of Poe are "not being checked."
Valdez insisted the determination of Poe's residency in the Philippines should commence on the time of the renunciation of her American citizenship. Acquiring a foreign citizenship would be indicative of her intent to abandon her former domicile, which is the Philippines and transfer it to the US, he added.
Also, he said that whenever Poe would travel, the assumption of her intent to return to her domicile would be in the United States and not in the Philippines.
He was earlier quoted as saying Poe lost her credibility when the travel logs, showing her trips using a US passport, were discovered even before she could clarify the issue on her residency.
“She kept on saying she is qualified to run for president in 2016 and she would meet the residency requirement but these documents would prove she is not qualified as per her residency status,” Valdez was quoted in a newspaper report.
"Using her American passport until Dec. 27, 2009, as shown in the Bureau of Immigration log on her travels to and from the Philippines, Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares may have lost her opportunity to shed light on her residency issue herself," he added.
Your husband & children are American citizens. If elected president, isn't that a nat'l security issue?
Do you believe in your heart of hearts that you can take the Philippine presidential oath of office after all your citizenship flip-flops ???
Under Article VII, Section 5 of the 1987 Constitution, before the President-Elect and Vice-President-Elect enters into the execution of their offices, the President shall take the following oath or affirmation:
The oath from the Filipino version of the Constitution was used for the inaugurations of Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Benigno Aquino III:
“ Ako si_______________, ay taimtim kong pinanunumpaan (o pinatotohanan) na tutuparin ko nang buong katapatan at sigasig ang aking mga tungkulin bilang Pangulo (o Pangalawang Pangulo o Nanunungkulang Pangulo) ng Pilipinas, pangangalagaan at ipagtatanggol ang kanyang Konstitusyon, ipatutupad ang mga batas nito, magiging makatarungan sa bawat tao, at itatalaga ang aking sarili sa paglilingkod sa Bansa. Kasihan nawa ako ng Diyos.