Bill allows Filipino with dual citizenships to seek gov’t post

FILIPINOS with dual citizenship can be elected or appointed, or hold elective public office without renouncing their foreign citizenship under a proposed measure.

House Bill 6397, authored by Rep. Rodante Marcoleta (Party-list, Alagad), seeks to amend Republic Act 9225 or the “Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003”.

Marcoleta said the law provides that those who would like to seek appointive or elective public office must renounce their foreign citizenship prior to assumption of office or upon filing of their certificates of candidacy.

“The conditions set forth in the provisions being sought to be
amended are surplusage because once a person files the certificate of candidacy, the candidate declares their Filipino citizenship and their support to the constitution of the Republic,” Marcoleta said.

Under the proposed measure, Filipinos with dual citizenships can run during any electoral exercise or be appointed to a government position without renouncing their other citizenship.

“As such, Filipinos who re-acquire their Filipino citizenship once
again enjoy full civil, economic and political rights and be subjected to all liabilities and responsibilities under existing laws of the Republic of the Philippines,” Marcoleta said.

Marcoleta said being a holder of dual citizenship will no longer be a hindrance when seeking appointive or elective public positions in the Philippines.

“This is a very timely measure to harness the talents and experiences of our human resource.  Once a Pilipino, always a Filipino.  Nasa puso na natin ang pagka-Pilipino, saan man tayo makarating,” Marcoleta said.

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