SC rules: Gregory Ong is Filipino
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court ruled that Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong is a Filipino citizen.
In a six-page resolution, the high court en banc considered the question on Ong’s citizenship as “closed and terminated.”
Former Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-ignacio questioned Ong’s citizenship, citing his Chinese ancestry. This prompted then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in May 2007 to withdraw Ong’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
But the high court pointed to its previous ruling and the finality of the decision by a lower court in 2007 that recognized Ong as a natural born citizen of the Philippines.
Ong, who joined the Sandiganbayan in October 1998, is currently one of the most senior justices of the special anti-graft court.
In July 2007 the lower court ruled that Ong is a Filipino.
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