Rep. Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur clarified Thursday that her late husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, did not have the same citizenship problems as Sen. Grace Poe.
Robredo, a lawyer, made the clarification in connection with Poe’s statement that her husband also faced citizenship questions but was loved by the people because of his exemplary record in public service.
“Jesse never did any act of renouncing citizenship at any point in his life,” she pointed out.
“Jesse’s case was very different from hers. His citizenship case stemmed from the fact that his father, who is a natural born Filipino citizen under the 1935 Constitution, was born in the Philippines to Chinese parents. Senator Poe’s, case, I understand, (arose) because at one point, she acquired US citizenship,” Robredo said in a text message.
Before he was appointed DILG Secretary, Jesse served as mayor of Naga City for 18 years. During his years of government service, he also faced citizenship issues because of his Chinese grandparents.
Mrs. Robredo however said she was not offended by Poe’s statement.
“No, really. I am not offended. But I think I need to set the record straight,” she said.
Poe is facing a disqualification case at the Commission on Elections. Lito David, who filed the complaint, said the senator is not a natural-born Filipino citizen thus, she is not qualified to run for senator or any higher office.