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Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero puts on his lawyer hat, defends Gabby Lopez

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Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero put his legal knowledge to good use when he came to the defense of ABS-CBN’s Gabby Lopez.

Lopez’s dual citizenship has been questioned by critics of the network who want to keep it closed.

Escudero, a lawyer, said in a Facebook post that based on the 1935, 1973, and 1987 constitutions, Lopez is a Filipino citizen because his parents are both Filipinos.

So not having a Philippine passport does not mean Lopez is not a Filipino, he added.

It is the constitution and the law that grants citizenship, not a passport, he added.

Listen to the lawyer!

“Based on the 1935, 1973, and 1987 Constitutions of the Philippines, Mr. Gabby Lopez is a Filipino citizen for the simple reason that his parents are both citizens of the Philippines.

It is the Constitution and the law or the courts that grant or take away citizenship, not a passport,” Escudero posted.