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SolGen Calida, nakakuha ng ebidensya na nagpapatunay na US citizen si Gabby Lopez III

Calida digs up 2001 documents to prove Gabby Lopez is an American
Solicitor General Jose Calida has proof that bilyonaryo Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III was a citizen of the United States when he and his family controlled ABS-CBN Corp. in 1987.

Solicitor General Jose Calida has proof that bilyonaryo Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III was a citizen of the United States when he and his family controlled ABS-CBN Corp. in 1987.

Calida has cited documents from the Department of Justice dating back to 2001 which showed that the ABS-CBN chair was not a Filipino citizen.

In an April 30 letter to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) obtained by ABS-CBN News, Calida said Lopez was only recognized as a Filipino on April 25, 2001 in a recognition order issued by the Bureau of Immigration and as affirmed by then Justice Secretary Hernando P. Perez via his indorsement dated August 6, 2001.

“Clearly, when ABS­ CBN Corporation’s franchise was approved on March 30, 1995, through Republic Act No. 7966, Mr. Lopez, in strict terms, was an American citizen, another violation of our nationalization laws,” said Calida.

“Despite being recognized as a Filipino in 2001, Mr. Lopez continued to use his American passport as shown by the List of Travel Records dated March 3, 2020 issued by the BI,with Control No. 20034520. His actuations patently belie his recognition and acceptance of the authority of the Philippines and cast doubt on his true faith and allegiance,” he added.

The Constitution only allows Filipinos to own and media companies.

It was former Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao who first exposed Lopez as a US citizen in February 24, 2020. “Lopez acquired Philippine citizenship only in 2004, a year after the Dual Citizenship Law took effect. This law allowed natural-born Filipinos who acquired citizenship in another country to acquire Philippine citizenship after a process specified by the law,” said Tiglao.

ABS-CBN president Carlo Katigbak, Lopez’s nephew, told a Senate hearing that Lopez was not an American citizen.

““Sa pagkakaalam ko po, Gabby Lopez is a Filipino citizen. ‘Yung tatay niya po is Filipino, and may hawak din po siyang Philippine passport,” he said.

Calida did not ‌include Lopez’s citizenship among the issues he raised in the quo warranto case his office filed against ABS-CBN with the Supreme Court on February 10.

NTC shut down ABS-CBN on May 5, a day after its franchise expired, after Calida threatened the watchdog with a graft suit if it issued a provisional authority to enable the media giant to operate sans a franchise.

SolGen Calida, nakakuha ng ebidensya na nagpapatunay na US citizen si Gabby Lopez III SolGen Calida, nakakuha ng ebidensya na nagpapatunay na US citizen si Gabby Lopez III Reviewed by AsianPolicy.Press on 5:42:00 PM Rating: 5

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