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[ Commonwealth Act No. 79, October 26, 1936 ]

AN ACT DECLARING THE HONORABLE FRANCIS BURTON HARRISON, FORMER GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE PHILIPPINES, A CITIZEN OF THE PHILIPPINES, AND CONFERRING UPON HIM ALL THE RIGHTS, DUTIES, PRIVILEGES AND PREROGATIVES OF FILIPINO CITIZENSHIP.

Whereas, the Honorable Francis Burton Harrison, former Governor-General of the Philippines, has expressed is desire to become a Filipino citizen;

Whereas, during his incumbency as Governor-General of the Philippines, the Honorable Francis Burton Harrison had constantly shown a very deep interest in the welfare of the Filipino people and profound sympathy for their aspirations for independence, and had further, by his official as well as private acts, contributed in incalculable measure to the cause of self-government in the Philippines; and

Whereas, it is but proper and fitting that the Filipino people, by its duly constituted authorities, should exteriorize their gratitude for the service so unselfishly rendered by the said Honorable Francis Burton Harrison by declaring him a citizen of the Philippines and therefore entitled to all the rights and privileges conferred by such citizenship; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the National Assembly of the Philippines:

SECTION 1. That the Honorable Francis Burton Harrison, former Governor-General of the Philippines, be, and he hereby is, declared, a citizen of the Philippines, with all the rights, duties, privileges and prerogatives incident to, and conferred by, Filipino citizenship under the Constitution and laws of the Philippines now or hereafter enacted.

Upon the taking of the following oath of allegiance, the said Honorable Francis Burton Harrison shall enter upon the full enjoyment of Filipino citizenship as herein provided :
"I,.........................................................:.........., solemnly swear (or affirm) that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the United States of America in the Philippines, and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Philippines, and that I will obey the laws, legal orders, and decrees promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Commonwealth of the Philippines; and that I impose this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion. So help me God."
SEC. 2. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Approved, October 26, 1936.
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