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Australian politicians told to prove citizenship

Nov 06, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces a set of measures making it compulsory for MPs formally to declare they are not dual citizens and provide evidence to support it

DUAL CITIZEN. Barnaby Joyce, pictured here during a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016 when he was still Deputy Prime Minister, is the highest-profile casualty of the citizenship issue. William West/AFP

DFA denies 'allegiance fee' to regain PH citizenship

Nov 03, 2017 - 5:10 PM

It's not an 'allegiance fee' but a 'one-time fee for the processing of the application' for dual citizenship, says DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar

NO 'ALLEGIANCE FEE.' Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Robespierre Bolivar denies that the DFA collects an 'allegiance fee' from dual citizenship applicants. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Drilon asks DFA to stop collecting allegiance fees

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the collection of allegiance fees will not convince Filipinos who have lost their citizenship to reacquire it

PH CITIZENSHIP. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urges the foreign affairs department to stop the collection of allegiance fee. File photo from Malacañang

[OPINION] Peke at totoo

Oct 23, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Sa mga panahong ito, kahit peke ang balita, basta ito’y nakasisira sa kaaway o nakatutulong sa kinakampihan, kinabibiliban pa natin ang sinungaling

Nervous wait for Australia government over citizenship crisis

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:40 PM

There is an obscure constitutional rule in Australia which bars dual citizens from parliament The High Court will hear 5 cases related to this in October

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016.  Three days after polls closed the result is still too close to call, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Liberal/National coalition and the opposition Labor party each short of the 76 seats needed to govern, raising the prospect of a hung parliament. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST

Australia Deputy PM Baa-naby's Kiwi woes create chaos in Canberra

Aug 20, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Australia s top court will this week examine a constitutional crisis threatening to topple the conservative government

In this file photo, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce addresses a press conference in Sydney on July 5, 2016. William West/AFP

Poe bill seeks to allow dual citizen appointees in UP, SUCs

Jul 27, 2017 - 4:37 PM

If amended the law would enable Filipino professors and experts of foreign citizenship to return home and impart their hard earned wisdom says Senator Grace Poe

Italy delays citizenship rights bill under migrant pressure

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni gives his personal commitment to ensure the bill is approved in the autumn

The decline of critical thinking

Jun 16, 2017 - 6:59 PM

Without us realizing it this atmosphere that limits critical thinking takes away from us our greatest facility as a people: our intellect

Ariana Grande to receive honorary citizenship from Manchester

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The city council proposes giving the singer an honorary citizenship for organizing the One Love Manchester for the victims of the attack on her own concert earlier

Citizenship, identity and global Filipinos

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In a world where Filipinos are everywhere where our diaspora has no boundaries it is time to take a liberal approach to Filipino citizenship

Enes Kanter reveals death threats, to seek US passport

May 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

OKC s Enes Kanter says his next move is to become an American citizen amid death threats he says he received for comparing Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler

DEATH THREATS. Enes Kanter says he has been receiving death threats because of expressing his political views towards Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Screenshot from Kanter's Twitter account

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May 12, 2017 - 10:07 PM

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Is Cayetano American? No, he says

May 12, 2017 - 1:42 PM

Cayetano was born in 1970 to a Filipino father former senator Rene Cayetano and American mother Sandra Schramm He renounced his US citizenship in 1998 he says

File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Malala Yousafzai becomes honorary Canadian citizen

Apr 13, 2017 - 8:50 AM

She is the youngest to receive honorary Canadian citizenship – a privilege previously granted to 5 others including Nelson Mandela the Dalai Lama and Myanmar s Aung San Suu Kyi

HONORARY CITIZENSHIP. Malala Yousafzai is the sixth person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. File Photo by AFP

Duterte, Grace Poe 'happy, comfortable' in 1st meeting after polls

Mar 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

I think I ve proven to be a principled ally of whoever has the right intentions for the country says the senator

Ex-DFA chief Yasay writes farewell: 'I did not lie'

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:56 PM

When politicians accuse you of not telling the truth be of good cheer for they are lying lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr quotes a friend as saying

'I DID NOT LIE.' Former Philippine foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr says in a farewell message on March 9, 2017, that he 'did not lie' before the Commission on Appointments when he faced the CA (in photo) on March 8, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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Yasay rejection shows CA not Duterte 'rubber stamp'

Mar 08, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says Perfecto Yasay Jr s closeness to President Rodrigo Duterte did not deter the commission from acting independently

NOT 'RUBBER STAMP.' Senator Panfilo Lacson says the rejection of Perfecto Yasay Jr as foreign secretary shows that the Commission on Appointments is not the 'rubber stamp' of the executive. Screen grab from Rappler video

FACT CHECK: Did Rappler say Yasay got U.S. passport in 2006?

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Rappler never reported that Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr was issued a passport in 2006 as Yasay claimed

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson, chair of the Commission on Appointments foreign affairs committee, chats with Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr before Yasay's confirmation hearing on March 8, 2017. Photo by Romeo Bugante/PRIB

CA rejects Yasay appointment as foreign secretary

Mar 08, 2017 - 2:03 PM

3rd UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte can no longer reappoint Perfecto Yasay Jr as foreign secretary after the CA rejected him over citizenship issues

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr answers questions at his confirmation hearing at the Senate on March 8, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

U.S. citizen before? Yasay refuses to say yes or no

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:55 AM

I cannot understand why the Honorable Secretary cannot answer that simple question with a yes or no says Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato

DFA Sec. Perfecto Yasay gestures during the deliberation of his interim appointment at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City on Wednesday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Why Yasay can't nullify U.S. citizenship on his own

Mar 08, 2017 - 7:02 AM

Immigration lawyers sought by Rappler say one cannot unilaterally declare through an affidavit that one s US citizenship is nullified as Perfecto Yasay Jr did

Did Yasay run for Philippine VP as an American?

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perfecto Yasay Jr relied on implicit evidence that he was not a US citizen when he chaired SEC and ran for senator as well as vice president

CITIZENSHIP WOES. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr is under public scrutiny for denying he was ever a US citizen. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

After flip-flop on U.S. passport, Yasay says he 'never lied' before CA

Mar 07, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr admits having a naturalization certificate but insists he was never a US citizen

Palace defends Yasay: He has been 'open, transparent'

Mar 07, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Malacañang stands by what it calls Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr s logical and credible assertion that he was never a US citizen

STANDING BY YASAY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr welcome ambassadors to Malacañang during the Vin D'Honneur on January 11, 2017. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

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Mar 07, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 PM

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Yasay lied under oath, now admits owning U.S. passport

Mar 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Is the Philippines foreign secretary an American citizen? Perfecto Yasay Jr backtracks on his earlier statements – one of these under oath – that he never owned a US passport

EARLIER DENIAL. This screen shot comes from a Rappler video on November 28, 2016, where Foreign Secretary Yasay Jr denied ever owning a US passport. Months later, he admits used to have one. Photo by Rappler

Refuting Yasay: No oath of allegiance for green card holders or NY Bar passers

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM

To be clear taking an oath of allegiance to the United States is not a requirement to obtain LPR green card status But it is a requirement to become a naturalized citizen of the US

Criminal charges filed by Central Bank still haunt Yasay

Feb 28, 2017 - 8:51 PM

The Commission on Appointments CA is set to grill Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr over 4 criminal charges pending before the Department of Justice DOJ

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TIMELINE: When Foreign Secretary Yasay was a foreigner

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:32 PM

From becoming a foreigner after Ferdinand Marcos is toppled Perfecto Yasay Jr is appointed foreign secretary under President Rodrigo Duterte

ONCE AN AMERICAN. Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr becomes an American in November 1986 and renounces his US citizenship in June 2016. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

On U.S. citizenship: Did Yasay commit perjury?

Feb 27, 2017 - 8:32 PM

I am so sad that he could lie under oath before the members of the Commission on Appointments Representative Josephine Ramirez Sato tells Rappler

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Yasay to submit 'proof' to CA he was never a U.S. citizen

Feb 22, 2017 - 11:48 AM

UPDATED At his confirmation hearing Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr urges those who have questions about his citizenship to go to court

DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr faces the Commission on Appointments on February 22, 2017. Photo by Rappler

Swiss back new citizenship rules in defeat for rightwing

Feb 12, 2017 - 10:45 PM

UPDATED Grandchildren of immigrants will now be able to skip several steps in the lengthy process of securing a Swiss passport

People walk by electoral posters of the comittee against the facilitated naturalization/citizenship reading "Uncontrolled Naturalisation? No" with the illustration of a woman wearing a Niqab, in a train station in Zurich, on February 7, 2017. The Swiss people will go to the polls on February 12, 2017 to vote on whether it should be easier for third generation immigrants to become Swiss citizens. / AFP PHOTO / Michael Buholzer / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Michael Buholzer has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [posters of the comittee against the facilitated naturalization] instead of [posters of the Swiss far-right party SVP]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

U.S. lists Yasay among former American citizens

Feb 10, 2017 - 11:30 AM

The name Perfecto Rivas Yasay Jr appears in the US government s Quarterly Publication of Individuals Who Have Chosen to Expatriate

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Feb 08, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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CA delays Yasay's confirmation over U.S. citizenship issue

Feb 08, 2017 - 10:56 AM

The House contingent of the Commission on Appointments asks Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr about his citizenship but the Cabinet official has yet to respond

PHILIPPINES' TOP DIPLOMAT. Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks before the United Nations General Assembly

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Jan 10, 2017 - 7:56 PM

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U.S. citizenship issue hounds Yasay ahead of CA confirmation

Jan 10, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Nagging issues against Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr include the pending criminal charges filed against him by BSP and his flip flopping statements

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks during a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies headquarters on September 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

CEU associate law dean to JBC: Yes to Marcos burial

Nov 16, 2016 - 12:50 PM

My view has nothing to do with my being an Ilocana It is my respect for the rule of law which tells me the Supreme Court s decision should be respected says asosciate dean Rita Linda Jimeno

NOMINEE. Rita Linda Ventura Jimeno answers questions from the Judicial and Bar Council. Screenshot from PTV4 livestream

On US polls, Poe jokes: 'First of all, I did not vote there'

Nov 09, 2016 - 3:37 PM

Meron naman tayong pantapat kay Donald Trump eh says Senator Grace Poe in apparent reference to President Rodrigo Duterte

Post-Brexit spike in EU citizenship applications by Britons – report

Oct 20, 2016 - 3:47 PM

More than 2 800 Britons applied for citizenship in the 18 countries who provided data during the first 8 months of 2016 – a 250 increase on the same period in 2015

Passengers wait near the International Departures area at the Eurostar terminal at London St Pancras train station in London, on October 18, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Dual citizens in gov't have 6 months to renounce foreign citizenship

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:35 PM

UPDATED Failure to renounce foreign citizenship will lead to dismissal from government service says Civil Service Commission Assistant Commissioner Ariel Ronquillo

100% PINOY. The Civil Service Commission prohibits dual citizens from government service.

So I'm changing citizenship – it doesn't mean I'm not Indonesian

Sep 26, 2016 - 4:48 PM

For me choosing a nationality is a privilege and a blessing considering not everybody can do it It is not about not loving your country

BEING INDONESIAN. A woman argues that being Indonesian is not defined by citizenship. File photo by EPA/MAST IRHAM

SC: Senator Grace Poe a natural-born Filipino

Sep 20, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Voting 9 3 the High Court says in its decision: Private respondent Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares is a natural born Filipino citizen qualified to hold office as Senator of the Republic

NATURAL-BORN FILIPINO. The Supreme Court rules in favor of Senator Grace Poe in the citizenship case seeking her disqualification as senator. File photo from the Office of Senator Grace Poe

SC asked to decide Grace Poe’s citizenship case

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:51 PM

Rizalito David has asked the Supreme Court to reverse the Senate Electoral Tribunal s decision that favored Grace Poe He files a motion to resolve the case for the best interest of all concerned as well as the nation