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Locsin scraps birth certificates for passport renewals

Paterno Esmaquel II
Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says showing an old passport 'is more than sufficient' to have this travel document renewed

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr faces the Commission on Appointments on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr said on Tuesday, January 15, that he is scrapping the birth certificate requirement for passport renewals, even as this requirement remains for first-time passport applicants.

“Signing order removing birth certificate requirement for passport renewals. Old passport is more than sufficient,” Locsin tweeted Tuesday afternoon. 

Rappler is still requesting a copy of this order as of posting time.

Locsin said in an earlier tweet, however, that the birth certificate “will remain a legal requirement for first-time applicants.” 

Locsin made this decision as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) draws flak for its passport services. His recent statement that a previous contractor “took all” passport data ignited a firestorm, prompting calls for an investigation.

Locsin on Tuesday however said there was no runaway of passport data after all. –

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at