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March 22, 2016

Tell it to Sun.Star: Citizenship of Poe’s husband

TEODORO Llamanzares should push through with his plan to renounce his US citizenship, regardless of the fate of the presidential aspiration of his wife, Sen. Grace Poe.
Whether or not Senator Poe is ultimately able to run for president, many Filipinos are counting on the husband to relinquish his US citizenship anyway. It would not look good if they suddenly change their minds with respect to the husband’s intention to give up his US citizenship.
Recently, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) division voted to disqualify Poe as presidential contender in the 2016 elections. Voting 3-0, the Comelec Second Division revoked Poe’s certificate of candidacy, saying she is not a natural-born Filipino, and she failed to meet the 10-year Philippine residency requirement of presidential candidates.
Poe can still appeal the ruling before the seven-member Comelec en banc.
Poe previously said that her husband has been in the process of renouncing his US citizenship. However, it remains unclear whether or not Llamanzares will still forsake his US citizenship despite the new Comelec ruling.
By her own account, Poe spent much of her adult life in the United States, and decided to be an American citizen in 2001. She returned to the Philippines and started residing here only in July 2006, when she applied for dual citizenship.
Although she has since renounced her US citizenship, Poe’s husband remains an American citizen, and their three children are all natural-born Americans.--Arnel Ty, House Deputy Minority Leader and LPG-MA party-list representative

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