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May 07, 2009

[SSJ: 5558] Re: Japanese dual citizenship

From: Angeli Mendoza
Date: 2009/4/28

This email is in response to Ms. Yasue's further queries about dual citizenship in the Philippines.

Regarding the questions:
1. "Is this above information incorrect or outdated?"
--Yes, it is. In 2003, Republic Act 9225 was enacted.
RA 9225 is popularly known as the Dual Citizenship Bill, or more specifically, the "Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003". It primarily allows natural born Philippine citizens to reacquire the citizenship they lost by reason of naturalization as citizens of a foreign country.

For a more detailed and first hand source of information, I would like to refer you to these two helpful websites:
http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/repacts/ra2003/ra_9225_
2003.html#top --this is the RA text itself

http://www.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=vie
w&id=2000311&Itemid=41 --this contains the RA text in pdf, Implementing Rules and Regulations, as well as the FAQs about this law

2. "Do Philippine citizens have to perform military service, and if so, how does this affect unofficial dual citizens?"
-- No, Philippine citizens do not have to perform military service. Also, under RA 9225, they can now be "official" dual citizens if they choose to.

I hope I was able to answer the questions sufficiently.
And thank you for your interest in this matter.

Sincerely,
Angeli Mendoza
Rotary World Peace Fellow 2007-2009
International Christian University, Tokyo

Approved by ssjmod at May 7, 2009 04:37 PM