Press Release
March 8, 2021


Sen. Grace Poe: Mr. President, I'd also like to be recognized as co-author for the tribute of Fr. Bernas. I remember during the court case of FPJ in 2004 when the issue was his citizenship, Fr. Bernas as a member of the friends of the court, stayed for the 12-hour or more marathon just to be able to defend the right of a child. And stating that FPJ should be considered natural-born, having a father is sufficient for him to be considered a natural-born Filipino citizen. We are very grateful for his fairness and legal expertise and for adding clarity to that debate that FPJ ultimately won.

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