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Is ABS-CBN big boss Gabby Lopez a natural born Filipino or not?

Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner Rowena Guanzon took to Twitter to affirm that Lopez is indeed a Filipino citizen born to Filipino parents.

Guanzon, a respected lawyer and law professor, is baffled by the controversy surrounding Lopez’s citizenship after he was grilled for hours about his allegiance at the House of Representatives.

“His father was a Filipino, his mother was a Filipina. He is a natural born Filipino . What’s the issue? #Bawalangshunga,” the Comelec official tweeted.

Lopez appeared in a House hearing on the proposed franchise renewal of the network on Wednesday June 3. Lopez, through his lawyer, disclosed that he has a dual citizenship status, a Filipino born to Filipino parents and an American citizen after being born in the United Staes. He holds both Philippine and US passports.

Lawmakers have questioned whether a dual citizen can own a media company since the Constitution states mass media must be controlled 100 percent by Filipinos.

Under the Constitution, a natural born citizen is a person born of one or both parents who are Filipino citizens at time of birth.

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