The German citizen Gerphil Flores - my daughter - was born Sept 29 in 1990 in Hamburg-Altona. At the age of 4 she was brought to the Philippines without my knowledge. For more than 16 years I was searching for her without success.
Especially the German authorities did not help me in finding my daughter. Only coincidently I recognized her on Youtube in 2010, after she had become a successful musician. I met her shortly after that in Manila. After finishing her studies at the University of the Philippines she decided to apply for a German passport because she had never given up her German citizenship.
The German embassy on the other hand refused her application with the reason that she had used a Filipino passport for travelling to other countries and therefore had given up her German citizenship - despite the fact that Filipino authorities consider her a "foreigner" and a "German".
This is a breach of German basic law and a breach of her basic rights. Now the Berlin administrative court will decide in this case. The head of the German foreign office, Mr. Heiko Maas, could give a directive to hand over a German passport and to give back her German documents at anytime.
He has refused to do so as long as the court has not decided. In fact this means for Gerphil that she cannot leave the Philippines because the use of another passport would lead to the final loss of her citizenship, but actually she does not have a German passport.
It is unusual for a civilized country to take away the citizenship from one of its citizens. This only happened in the time of Hitler with jewish people and other enemies of the dictator.
The German government must hand over a German passport to Gerphil immediately. She is neither able to meet her father nor able to leave the Philippines or move to Germany. At last, she is not able to continue her promising international career as musician.
The decision of the German embassy in Manila is inhuman, illegal and totally unaceptable!
This report is the first report in a serious and quite remarkable German newspaper, known especially in North Germany. Other reports had been published in a German-Philippine journal and on youtube. We kindly ask all of you to forward the link of the petition to all your friends for signing the petition. Our goal are 500 supporters at the end of July. Thanks to everyone of you.
Der Bericht im HA ist der erste größere Bericht zum Thema. Weitere Berichte erschienen im German-Philippine Magazin und bei youtube. Wir bitten Sie alle dringend und höflich auch Ihre Freunde und Bekannten auf die Petition aufmerksam zu machen und den Link der Petition an diese weiterzuleiten. Wir möchten bis Ende Juli wenigstens 500 Unterschriften erzielen. Danke im, voraus !