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December 4, 2015

Poe a naturalized Pinoy – Carpio

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Grace Poe, being a foundling, is not a natural-born but a naturalized citizen and not qualified for an electoral post, unless she proves her biological parents are Filipinos, the chairman of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) said yesterday.

During the oral argument on the disqualification case filed by Rizalito David against Poe, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio cited the principle of jus sanguini (right of blood) under the Constitution, which requires either of Poe’s parents to be a Filipino citizen for her to be considered natural-born.

“To be natural-born, you must show blood relation,” Carpio said.

He said international conventions of which the Philippines is a signatory allowed foundlings in the country to be Filipino citizens, which is considered naturalization of citizenship.

“That’s when you grant passport to foundling. That gives a foundling citizenship, which is naturalized citizenship – not natural-born… Senator Poe is at least a citizen of the Philippines,” Carpio said.

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