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words of the CA, "he did not prove that his witnesses had good standing in the community, known to be honest and upright, reputed to be trustworthy and reliable, and that their word may be taken at face value, as a good warranty of the worthiness of petitioner." While there is no showing that petitioner’s witnesses were of doubtful moral inclinations, there was likewise no indication that they were persons whose qualifications
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POLITICAL LAW CASE DIGESTS 282 were at par with the requirements of the law on naturalization. Simply put, no evidence was ever proffered to prove the witnesses’ good standing in the community, honesty, moral uprightness, and most importantly, reliability. As a consequence, their statements about the petitioner do not possess the measure of "credibility" demanded of in naturalization cases. This lack of "credibility" on the part of the witnesses, unfortunately, weakens or renders futile petitioner’s claim of worthiness. An applicant for Philippine citizenship would carefully testify as to his qualifications, placing emphasis on his good traits and character. This is expected of a person who longs to gain benefits and advantages that Philippine citizenship bestows. Therefore, a serious assessment of an applicant’s witnesses, bo th as to the credibility of their person and their very testimony, is an essential facet of naturalization proceedings that may not be brushed aside. Further, petitioner’s witnesses only averred general statements without specifying acts or events that wo uld exhibit petitioner’s traits worthy of the grant of Philippine citizenship. For instance, a statement in their affidavits as to petitioner’s adherence to the principles underlying the Philippine Constitution is not evidence, per se, of petitioner’s agre ement and zeal to Philippine ideals. These appear to be empty declarations if not coming from credible witnesses. It bears stressing that the CA was correct in finding that the testimonies of petitioner’s witnesses only proved that he mingled socially with Filipinos. While almost all of the witnesses testified that they knew petitioner since birth and that they had interacted with petitioner’s family in times of celebration, this did not satisfy the other requirements set by law, that is, a genuine desire to learn and embrace the Filipino ideals and traditions. Besides, both the NBI and BOI reports cast doubt on petitioner’s alleged social interaction with Filipinos. The background checks done on petitioner yielded negative results due to the uncooperative behavior of the members of his household. In fact, petitioner himself disobliged when asked for an interview by BOI agents. To the Court, this is a display of insincerity to embrace Filipino customs, traditions and ideals. This leads to the inescapable conclusion that petitioner failed to prove that he has all the qualifications entitling him to the grant of Philippine citizenship. Filipino citizenship is predicated upon oneness with the Filipino people. It is indispensable
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