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  • On January 2, 2007, Manish C. Mahtani (Mahtani), a citizen of the Republic of India, filed a Declaration of Intent to become a citizen of the Philippines with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).
  • I will file a Declaration of Intent to become a citizen of the Philippines.
  • On April 18, 2008, Mahtani filed a Petition for Naturalization dated April 15, 2008
  • I will continue to reside in the Philippines from the date of the filing of his petition up to the time of his admission to Philippine citizenship.
  • It is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the Philippines and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, and particularly to the Republic of India.
  • In a Decision dated April 26, 2011, the RTC of Pasig City, Branch 153, granted the petition.
  • It appears that Mahtani has all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications required under the law to become a naturalized Filipino citizen.
  • The Decision dated April 26, 2011, of the RTC Branch 153, Pasig City, is REVERSED and SET ASIDE. Accordingly, Naturalization Case No. 847-TG is DISMISSED.
  • Mahtani may have proved that he is employed as the Vice President for Operations of Sprint International, Inc., he failed to present any evidence to support that he is engaged in a "lucrative" occupation, except his own testimony.
  • On Motion for Reconsideration with Motion to Take Judicial Notice. The CA, however, denied Mahtani's motion for reconsideration.
  • There is no provision in the law that requires an applicant for naturalization to present proof that he has made his tax payments.
  • A careful review of the records available in this case constrains Us to sustain the CA's ruling that Mahtani has not proven his possession of a known lucrative trade, profession, or lawful occupation to qualify for naturalization.
  • WHEREFORE, premises considered, the petition is DENIED. The Decision dated August 1, 2013 and Resolution dated January 28, 2014 of the Court of Appeals in CA-G.R. CV No. 97125 are hereby AFFIRMED. The Petition for Naturalization of Manish C. Mahtani is DENIED for failure to comply with Section 2, Paragraph 4, of Commonwealth Act No. 473, as amended.
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