There’s an old Charlie Chan joke that goes, the detective was looking at the body of a stab victim and observed, “ah, so, the clot thickens.”
Senate President Franklin Drilon who was a former Secretary of Justice, has observed that the birth certificate of Fernando Poe Jr. and his parent’s marriage certificate -both submitted by FPJ’s lawyers and not the National Archives director- indicates that FPJ’s parents married over a year after his birth.
Drilon says that this means that FPJ was born illegitimate, which, according to the commonly bruited-about opinion in legal circles, means FPJ, at birth, under the law posessed the citizenship of his mother. So FPJ by this reasoning was born an American citizen.
The question, says Drilon, is whether by his parent’s subsequent marriage, the presumption can be made that not only was FPJ legitimized, but that ex post facto FPJ’s citizenship was then affected, rendering him a natural-born Filipino citizen. It will be interesting to see what the lawyers have to say about this.
Apparently then, the whole issue isn’t going to go away anytime soon.