Under fire for allegedly abusing its franchise and breaching the foreign equity ban on media, former Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao has raised another major issue against ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp.
Tiglao said bilyonaryo Gabby Lopez, chair emeritus of ABS-CBN, should declare whether he has American citizenship which could be another violation against the TV giant.
“Is Lopez 3rd an American citizen, and if yes, when did he acquire citizenship? Did he ever acquire Philippine citizenship under the dual citizenship law? This question is very important as there have been reports that he acquired United States citizenship in the US years before martial law was imposed,” asked Tiglao in his Manila Times column.
“If he is a US citizen, and acquired Filipino citizenship only in 2003 when the dual citizenship law was passed, ABS-CBN, therefore, has been violating the Constitution for 17 years, as it has had a top executive (and a majority stockholder) who is and has been an American from 1986 to 2003.
ABS-CBN is a media firm in which the Constitution bans any foreign involvement, in ownership and management,” he added.
Tiglao said authorities should clarify whether a dual citizen can manage or be an owner of a media firm.