Q. Is the rule the same in the case of a non Filipino (male) marrying a Filipina?
R. No, Philippine citizenship may not be acquired by the non Filipino husband through the same process, but through regular naturalization proceedings filed in Philippine courts. However, he is eligible to apply for permanent residence in the Philippines upon the petition of the Filipina wife.
Q. Are there any potential problem areas for Filipinos in the possession of dual nationality?
R. It would appear that because of Republic Act No. 9225 or the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003, the former inconveniences experienced because of immigration regulations, ownership of real estate, taxation and other privileges of Philippine are now things of the past. However, the implications of dual nationality on various aspects such as on property ownership, hereditary succession, taxation, and other matters that also affect citizenship laws of two countries, needs a fuller and more detailed discussion.
Q. Is dual nationality allowed under Philippine law?
R. Again, because of the above law (RA No. 9225) dual nationality is recognized and allowed under Philippine law. What the Philippine Constitution disallows is dual allegiance.
Q. Has there been any law passed in the Philippine Congress to deal with dual citizens?
R. Yes. The Philippine Congress passed Republic Act No. 9225, more popularly known as the “Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003”. Thus, it is now a State policy that all Philippine citizens who acquire or have acquired the citizenship of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship under the conditions spelled out in the law.
Q. In concrete terms, what does this mean?
R. It means that:
1. Natural born citizens of the Philippines who have already lost their Philippine citizenship ( by the time this law became effective) by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country are deemed to have re-acquired their Philippine citizenship after following the procedures laid down in the law and after taking the oath of allegiance to the Republic;
...To be continued