“A” was born in 1951 in the United States of a Chinese father and a Filipina
mother. Under Chinese laws, ”A’s” mother automatically became a Chinese
national by her marriage.
In 1973, upon reaching the age of majority, “A” elected to acquire Philippine
citizenship. However, “A” continued to reside in California and to carry an
American passport. He also paid allegiance to the Taipeh government. In the 1987
Philippine National elections, he was elected Senator. His opponent moved to
disqualify him on the grounds:
1. That he was not a natural-born citizen; and
2. That he had “dual allegiance” not only to the United States but also to the
Republic of China. Decide.
(1987 Bar Question)