The mortal gods have spoken and decided that MRS L. is qualified to run for president in the Philippines.
The decision will be a precedent that gave a go ahead not only to foundlings without known parentage but also to all previous 100% Natural Born Filipinos who made 360 degrees about face to become citizens of foreign lands like America, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, China and other countries in the world to establish residency and embrace again the Philippines flag purportedly to run and be elected in congressional positions and or as high as president and chief of the armed forces of the Philippines.
As the case maybe it can be said that former Filipinos who may have opted in the past or in the future to become citizens of Mars, Pluto, Jupiter and the Land of the Apes to later renounce their Martian or Apes citizenship to get a crack in the Philippines presidency provided that they are 40 years of age, can read and write and can sufficiently prove that they have already established 10 years residency in the Philippines on or before the date of the national election that they will participate as candidate for president.
Traditionally, Filipinos have very strong family ties. The bond that connects Filipinos is so strong that the Philippine Congress enacted the Dual Citizens Act so that former Natural Born Filipinos who wish to stay in the Philippines are well, equally and sufficiently protected as Filipino citizens by our national and local laws.
Does the case of Mrs. L. necessitates an amendment of the Constitution or to simply provide a specific provision in the Dual Citizens Act so that only natural born Filipinos all their lives are qualified to run for the very sensitive and very powerful post of president of the Philippine Republic?
I am also not doing away with various commentaries that Mrs. L. was born stateless and therefore not a Natural Born Filipino. Hence, Mrs. L. is also not qualified to apply for the Dual Citizens Act.
Nonetheless Philippine history was filled with heroic Filipinos whose burning nationalism in their blood will not be convinced by any reason or reasons, financial, by convenience or otherwise, to renounce their Filipino citizenships.
However, we do not see anything wrong with Filipinos pledging allegiance to a foreign country for reasons of love, money, work related and or to be together with their families and or simply for reasons of personal convenience. To apply for a change in citizenship is a personal choice and do not concern a country’s national security interest unless there are prevailing and glaring reasons to suspect such intention. Nonetheless accepting countries can reject any citizenship application for whatever reason whimsical or not.
It is my personal opinion that it is morally inappropriate however to see individuals who changes citizenships just like changing clothes to advance one self interest in the guise of love of country and service to fellow countrymen or by simply and conspicuously pretending to be advancing the interest of a certain class of the society like foundlings to further justify his or her personal ambitions.
Being a dual citizen must be understood as a privilege provided for by law particularly in the Dual Citizens Act and is not a matter of birth right as enshrined in the Philippine Constitution that is why the Constitution specifically provided that only natural born Filipino citizens are qualified to run for Congress, Vice President and President positions in the Philippine Republic.
The case of Mrs. Grace Poe L. aka “Mrs. L.” a former American who previously head the MTRCB (Pnoy as mentioned in on-line news was said to have stated that nobody told him or that he has no knowledge that Grace Poe Llamanzares or “Mrs. L.” is still an American when he consider her for the MTRCB post) and later became a Philippine senator and now running for president offers a lot of legally intriguing narratives and are wrapped with politically inclined issues that will be debated upon particularly in the legal and political circles not only this election but also in the next decades to come.
Although it may sound to be fantasy unrealistic and exaggerated, it can be foretold that some foreign countries and or other planets can seed or send an emissary not necessary a baby in our country and declare the said human like creature as a foundling with no known parentage and ergo he or she can be a potential president of the Philippines.
The Philippine Constitution listed and provided a clear definition on who are the citizens of the Philippines. Anyone are not authorized to make any addition, to make presumption or to make a wish list that certain classes or groups must be interpreted as included in the list of citizens otherwise monkeys may be included in the future as presumed to be natural born citizens of the Philippines qualified to run for president.
Nonetheless all must listen and must respect the mortal gods who have the final say in interpreting our Constitution and all the laws of the land.
The voice of the people is the voice of God. Yes, the Philippine Constitution was ratified by the Filipino people. It can be said therefore that God also approved our Constitution as it was resoundingly ratified by Filipinos.
It is the Filipino people, through the ratified Constitution, who authorized the mortal gods to interpret the letters and spirit of our Constitution. However the authorization is limited only to interpretation, hence, the mortal gods are not duly authorized to make judicial legislations. They should and must not provide what is not written in the Constitution.
Likewise, the Philippine Constitution was not written like “fill-in-the-blanks” exams where the mortal gods can supply their preferred answers. As it is often remarked, the law may be harsh but the law is the law and cannot and should not be changed or interpreted to suit and to favour a certain class or society group or a particular individual no matter how popular she is or whether she is the front runner in opinion poll surveys.
It will be argued that Filipinos will remain as Filipinos by heart, mind and soul no matter what.
No one is contesting that Mrs. L. is a true Filipino by heart, mind and soul.
No one is arguing nor saying that foundlings are 2nd class citizens.
The central focus of the argument is that the Constitution must be strictly followed and that any president of the Philippines should be a natural born Filipino citizens and a Ten Year resident of the Philippines at the time of election’s day among other qualifications.
Yes, the mortal gods have spoken in favour of Mrs. L., a former American.
There will be consequences whether the majority of the mortal gods have correctly or incorrectly interpreted the Constitution.
If the mortal gods are correct, we need to junk Mrs. L. come election’s day for not being loyal to the Philippine flag.
If the mortal gods are incorrect, we need also to junk the former American Mrs. L just the same come election’s day so that Filipinos who abjured and renounced their countries will not aspire for the highest post of the land that is reserve only for loyal and patriotic Filipinos.