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TodayisMonday,February13,2017

CongressofthePhilippines
TwelfthCongress
ThirdRegularSession

BegunheldinMetroManilaonMonday,thetwentyeighthdayofJuly,twothousandthree.

RepublicActNo.9225August29,2003

ANACTMAKINGTHECITIZENSHIPOFPHILIPPINECITIZENSWHOACQUIREFOREIGNCITIZENSHIP
PERMANENT.
AMENDINGFORTHEPURPOSECOMMONWEALTHACT.NO.63,ASAMENDEDANDFOROTHER
PURPOSES

BeitenactedbytheSenateandHouseofRepresentativesofthePhilippinesinCongressassembled:

Section1.ShortTitlethisactshallbeknownasthe"CitizenshipRetentionandReacquisitionActof2003."

Section2.DeclarationofPolicyItisherebydeclaredthepolicyoftheStatethatallPhilippinecitizensofanother
countryshallbedeemednottohavelosttheirPhilippinecitizenshipundertheconditionsofthisAct.

Section3.RetentionofPhilippineCitizenshipAnyprovisionoflawtothecontrarynotwithstanding,naturalborn
citizenshipbyreasonoftheirnaturalizationascitizensofaforeigncountryareherebydeemedtohavereacquired
PhilippinecitizenshipupontakingthefollowingoathofallegiancetotheRepublic:

"I_____________________,solemnyswear(oraffrim)thatIwillsupportanddefendtheConstitutionofthe
RepublicofthePhilippinesandobeythelawsandlegalorderspromulgatedbythedulyconstitutedauthorities
ofthePhilippinesandIherebydeclarethatIrecognizeandacceptthesupremeauthorityofthePhilippines
andwillmaintaintruefaithandallegiancetheretoandthatIimposedthisobligationuponmyselfvoluntarily
withoutmentalreservationorpurposeofevasion."

NaturalborncitizensofthePhilippineswho,aftertheeffectivityofthisAct,becomecitizensofaforeigncountryshall
retaintheirPhilippinecitizenshipupontakingtheaforesaidoath.

Section4.DerivativeCitizenshipTheunmarriedchild,whetherlegitimate,illegitimateoradopted,beloweighteen
(18) years of age, of those who reacquire Philippine citizenship upon effectivity of this Act shall be deemed
citizenshipofthePhilippines.

Section5.CivilandPoliticalRightsandLiabilitiesThosewhoretainorreacquirePhilippinecitizenshipunder
this Act shall enjoy full civil and political rights and be subject to all attendant liabilities and responsibilities under
existinglawsofthePhilippinesandthefollowingconditions:

(1)ThoseintendingtoexercisetheirrightofsurffragemustMeettherequirementsunderSection1,ArticleV
oftheConstitution,RepublicActNo.9189,otherwiseknownas"TheOverseasAbsenteeVotingActof2003"
andotherexistinglaws

(2)ThoseseekingelectivepublicinthePhilippinesshallmeetthequalificationforholdingsuchpublicoffice
asrequiredbytheConstitutionandexistinglawsand,atthetimeofthefilingofthecertificateofcandidacy,
makeapersonalandswornrenunciationofanyandallforeigncitizenshipbeforeanypublicofficerauthorized
toadministeranoath

(3)ThoseappointedtoanypublicofficeshallsubscribeandsweartoanoathofallegiancetotheRepublicof
the Philippines and its duly constituted authorities prior to their assumption of office: Provided, That they
renouncetheiroathofallegiancetothecountrywheretheytookthatoath

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(4) Those intending to practice their profession in the Philippines shall apply with the proper authority for a
licenseorpermittoengageinsuchpracticeand

(5)ThatrighttovoteorbeelectedorappointedtoanypublicofficeinthePhilippinescannotbeexercisedby,
orextendedto,thosewho:

(a) are candidates for or are occupying any public office in the country of which they are naturalized
citizensand/or

(b) are in active service as commissioned or noncommissioned officers in the armed forces of the
countrywhichtheyarenaturalizedcitizens.

Section6.SeparabilityClauseIfanysectionorprovisionofthisActisheldunconstitutionalorinvalid,anyother
sectionorprovisionnotaffectedtherebyshallremainvalidandeffective.

Section7.RepealingClauseAlllaws,decrees,orders,rulesandregulationsinconsistentwiththeprovisionsof
thisActareherebyrepealedormodifiedaccordingly.

Section 8. Effectivity Clause This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the
OfficialGazetteortwo(2)newspaperofgeneralcirculation.

Approved,

FRANKLINDRILON JOSEDEVENECIAJR.
PresidentoftheSenate SpeakeroftheHouseof
Representatives

ThisAct,whichisaconsolidationofSenateBillNo.2130andHouseBillNo.4720wasfinallypassedbythethe
HouseofRepresentativesandSenateonAugust25,2003andAugust26,2003,respectively.

OSCARG.YABES ROBERTOP.NAZARENO
SecretaryofSenate SecretaryGeneral
HouseofRepresenatives

Approved:August29,2003

GLORIAMACAPAGALARROYO
PresidentofthePhilippines

TheLawphilProjectArellanoLawFoundation

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