Cayetano slams INQUIRER for publishing 'fake news' about his citizenship


Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday lambasted Philippine Daily Inquirer for publishing 'fake news' against him that questioned whether he was a Philippine citizen.

In a Facebook video, Cayetano stated he had both Philippine and American citizenships "by law" as he was born to a Filipino father, the late Senator Renato Cayetano, and an American mother, Sandra Schramm.

"Dahil Amerikana ang nanay ko, by law, by both the Philippine Constitution and US Constitution, I was both an American and a Filipino noong time na pinanganak. Sabi na sa ibang court cases, hindi kasalanan ng bata yun," said Cayetano.

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Cayetano recalled he first convinced his father to renounce his American citizenship when he entered law school. The elder Cayetano, however, only approved of his son's decision before the latter ran for Congress in 1998.

"Nakumbinse ko [siya] kasi nakita niya yung aking passion sa public service at nakita niya na gusto ko wala akong ibang allegiance," he said.

He said he never hid such matter, and that his case was entirely different from that of Yasay, who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments (CA) over citizenship issues.

"Magkaiba kami ng kaso. Iba yung pinanganak na you have citizenship and you're allowed to choose. Iba ung pinanganak kang Pilipino lang [tapos] iniwan mo at kumuha ka ng ibang citizenship tapos babalikan mo yung Philippine citizenship," said Cayetano.

"Let me state categorically na hindi ako American citizen," he added.

Source: Alan Peter Cayetano

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