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Grace Poe’s kids to remain US citizens even if she becomes president. Here’s why

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Senator Grace Poe’s election as president in the May 2016 polls could mark the first time there will be Filipino-American First Children residing in Malacañang.

In an interview with dzBB radio on Thursday (August 6), Poe said her young children cannot give up their American passports just yet because they are underage.

“Para sa mga bata, bata pa ‘yan. Di pa sila pwedeng mag-renounce dahil papayagan lang sila kapag sila ay nasa hustong gulang na,” she said.

Though Poe did not mention their names, she is presumably referring to her two younger children with husband Neil Llamanzares— 17-year-old Hanna and Nika, 11.

Poe did not say if her eldest child, 23-year-old Brian, has dual citizenship.

According to the US State Department, minors who wish to renounce their American citizenship “must demonstrate to a consular officer that they are acting voluntarily and that they fully understand the implications/consequences attendant to the renunciation of U.S. citizenship.”

Section 351(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides that an applicant who renounced his or her U.S. citizenship before the age of 18 can have it reinstated “if he or she makes that desire known to the Department of State within six months after attaining the age of 18.”

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