2. Natural born citizens of the Philippines who after the effectivity of this Act, become citizens of a foreign country shall retain their Philippine citizenship upon taking the aforesaid oath; and
3. The unmarried child, whether legitimate, illegitimate or adopted, below eighteen (18) years of age, of those who re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon effectivity of this law shall be deemed citizens of the Philippines.
Consequently, those who re-acquire or retain Philippine citizenship under this law shall enjoy all civil and political rights and shall be subject to all liabilities and responsibilities of existing laws of the country.
Q. If a former Filipino who acquires the citizenship of another country reacquires Philippine citizenship under the Philippine dual nationality Act, how does this affect his/her foreign citizenship?
R. It depends on the law of the other country., which may or may not recognize dual nationality. Other countries that do not recognize dual nationality may impose strict citizenship laws for its citizens, such that there is a danger that those who acquire the citizenship of another country, such as a Filipino reacquiring Philippine citizenship, may lose his or her foreign citizenship. It is therefore important to seek legal assistance and information and information before making a decision to reacquire Philippine citizenship under the dual nationality Act.
Adopting Filipino children
Q. Who may adopt Filipino children?
R. There are two basic Philippine laws that govern the adoption of Filipino children.
1. The first law is Republic Act 8552 or more popularly known as the “Domestic Adoption Act of 1998”. It defines the rules for the adoption of Filipino children by a resident Filipino or by a non-Filipino national who has been continuously living in the Philippines for at least three (3) years prior to the filing of the application for adoption.
2. The other law is Republic Act 8043 or the “Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995” which lay-down the rules for adoption of Filipino children by a Filipino citizen permanently residing abroad or an by an alien.
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