Yasay: I carry US passport

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. has admitted that he was issued an American passport but never acquired US citizenship because he was disqualified because of his “preconceived intent of abandoning his US residency.”

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Yasay, in an interview with ANC’s Headstart on Monday, said he left the Philippines after former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. was killed in 1983.

“When the ouster [of then-President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986]came, my application was already there, and when I came back, and I took my oath, I had the preconceived intent already because I just came back from the Philippines and said I was immediately going back,” he added.

Yasay said taking his oath as a US citizen did not make him a US citizen.

“I would not have [acquired]and I did not acquire legally American citizenship. It is precisely for that reason that three months [later], in January 1987, I returned to the Philippines,” he added.

The Foreign Affairs secretary   said he had returned his American passport together with his naturalization certificate.

“And this consolidated the position that I did not legally acquire US citizenship and I returned all of my papers, executed an affidavit, telling the American authorities that I did not qualify and this is my right,” he added.

Yasay said he has no dual citizenship and is not stateless either.

Under American law, he explained, one is “disqualified for being an American citizen” if at the time of application or granting, one had the “preconceived intent of abandoning [his]US residency.”

“[I]n fact, you abandon your US residency within two years after obtaining that US citizenship,” Yasay said.

The Commission on Appointment is yet to confirm the appointment of Yasay as Foreign Affairs chief.

He is accused of violating the Philippine Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 or Republic Act 9225, which prohibits a foreigner from being appointed as public official. JAIME R. PILAPIL

 

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  1. MARIANO PATALINJUG on

    Yonkers,NewYork
    06 March 2017

    Ouch! Perfecto Yasay has just come up with a convoluted explanation intended to convey the impression that he is NOT A U.S. CITIZEN; but he fails miserably. He has tried to “muddy the waters,” probably in the hope that he could get away with it.

    But he is fooling nobody. He should simply answer the simple question with a simple “Yes” or “No.” ARE YOU A UNITED STATES CITIZEN? OR ARE YOU NOT?

    If he answers “NO, I AM NOT,” the next question to which he should also give a “Yes” or “No” answer is:
    “HAVE YOU REACQUIRED FILIPINO CITIZENSHIP;?”

    If he answers, “No, I have not,” then he is NOT A FILIPINO CITIZEN, and has absolutely no right to hold the position of Secretary of Foreign Affairs. He would in fact be a STATELESS person.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com

  2. Only idiots would believe the idiot Yasay.

    One CANNOT be issued a US passport UNLESS he is a US citizen. A US citizen will have to submit a proof of citizenship to be issued a passport. “APPLICANTS BORN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES: Submit a previous U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Report of Birth Abroad” (DS-11 06-2016 U.S. PASSPORT APPLICATION).

    So what is this freaking Yasay talking about???