Dual-Citizen Lawyers May Practice - SC

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Dual-Citizen Lawyers May Practice - SC


Byline: Rey G. Panaligan

The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that Filipino lawyers who are now citizens of other countries can still practice law in the Philippines under the Dual Citizens Act provided they take anew their lawyer's oath and comply with other requirements.

In a decision written by Justice Renato C. Corona, the SC said the other requirements are the payment of professional tax and membership dues in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the completion of at least 36 hours of mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE), a refresher course on Philippine laws and legal developments.

At the same time, the SC said that aside from being a Filipino citizen, the requirements to be admitted to the Philippine bar are satisfactory evidence of good moral character and proof that no charges involving moral turpitude have been filed or pending against him.

With the ruling, the SC granted the petition of Benjamin Dacanay who wanted to be allowed to practice law anew in the Philippines after he had become a citizen of Canada in 2004. …

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