Naturalized citizen allowed to practice law again in PH

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has allowed a Filipino lawyer, who became a naturalized US citizen, to reacquire the privilege to practice law in the Philippines.

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In a full-court decision, the SC ruled on a recommendation of the Office of the Bar Confidant to give Marcos del Rosario the chance to reengage his legal profession in the country.

His online profile at PTLaw shows del Rosario obtained his Master of Law degree in International Business from Fordham University in New York in 2003,  his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of the Philippines in 1995 and his Bachelor of Science degree, Major in Management, from De La Salle University.

He was admitted to practice law in the Philippines, the State of New York and the US District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

It was learned that Del Rosario became an American citizen and now wants to continue practicing law in the Philippines, thus, he sought this privilege with the High Court.

Article XII, Section 14 of the Constitution provides in part that “the practice of all professions in the Philippines shall be limited to Filipino citizens, save in cases prescribed by law.”

“The court resolved . . . to allow petitioner . . . del Rosario to resume the  practice of law in the Philippines, subject to the conditions that he retake his lawyer’s oath on a date set by the court…” the SC resolution said.

Aside from retaking his legal oath, the SC  told del Rosario to pay “the appropriate fees, and [submit]the original or certified true copy of the proof of payment of the professional tax for 2013.”

The resolution was promulgated by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal on September  23, 2014 but was released to the media just recently.

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