MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday clarified there is no "allegiance fee" for those who wish to reacquire their Philippine citizenship.
In a statement, DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said the €45 or $50 is a "one-time fee" for the processing of application and issuance of identification certificate for applicants of Philippine citizenship retention or re-acquisition.
Bolivar made the clarification after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday asked the DFA to stop collecting "allegiance fees" from applicants.
"The DFA should immediately stop the collection of the allegiance fee from Filipinos in various parts of the world, who are applying to reacquire their Philippine citizenship under the Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003," Drilon said in a statement.
"It would not help us to convince our fellow Filipinos, who have lost their Filipino citizenship, if we continue to burden them with heavy fees," he added.
Natural-born Filipinos who have lost their citizenship through naturalization in another country may reacquire their Philippine citizenship by taking an oath of allegiance to the country before a duly authorized Philippine official.