“I renounced my dual citizenship”
Ted Cruz? No, this story is about Philippines Senator Grace Po who is seeking the presidency of her own country, one which also requires that the president be a natural born citizen. The question has been a hot topic in the local newspapers.
While there is documentary evidence that Po was born in the Philippines, she acknowledges that she was adopted, and so far has not disclosed the source of her United States citizenship. (Note that in order to be born a Philippine citizen, one must have one Philippine parent. Birth in the country does not create citizenship.) Further, she said in a recent news report that she renounced her US Citizenship in 2010. That statement is called into question because the Manila Times obtained a copy of her US Passport that it says was issued in 2011.
Po argues that her former dual citizenship is of no import because Philippine law states that upon renunciation of foreign citizenship, one’s status reverts to what it was before becoming a dual citizen.
In the great system of ordering the universe there is a division between things that are my problem, and things that are not my problem. Grace Po’s eligibility to be president of the Philippines is not my problem.