New rule forces bets to renounce citizenship

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A would-be candidate in the May 2016 polls is required to state in his/her Certificate of Candidacy (COC) that he/she has renounced his/her foreign citizenship.

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This, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) revised the COC form, which provides an oath stating that the applicant has executed a sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship.

According to Comelec Resolution 9989, the COC form will bear the statement: “I executed a Sworn Renunciation of Foreign Citizenship (if applicable, attach a copy)”.

The commission noted the relevance in amending the COC forms citing the enactment of Republic Act No. 9225, or the Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003, and the Aug. 18 decision of the Supreme Court (SC).

“Whereas, considering the above SC decision, there is a need to amend the guidelines and include in the forms of the Certificates of Candidacy an item on the compliance by candidates, who are dual citizens, of the requirements of RA 9225, if applicable,” said the four-page resolution.

Section 5 of RA 9225 provides that those who shall retain or re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this law shall enjoy full civil and political rights with those seeking elective public office required to make a personal and sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship at the time of the filing of the COC.

In the recent High Court decision on Arnado vs Comelec case, it ruled that a person with dual citizenship may now run for public office in the Philippines provided that they meet the qualifications set by the Constitution and existing laws; and make a personal and sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship at the time of the filing of the COC.

PNA

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