Comelec favors Aga Muhlach on citizenship issue


AGA Muhlach

Actor Aga Muhlach on Monday said nothing could keep him from running for a congressional seat after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) junked a petition seeking his disqualification from the May 13 elections for supposedly dropping his Filipino citizenship.

Muhlach appeared at the Comelec in Intramuros, Manila, on Monday to receive a copy of the favorable decision rendered by the commission’s First Division.

“I am the happiest because there’s nothing that could prevent me from running now,” Muhlach, accompanied by his lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, told reporters in an interview.

Muhlach, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, is running against one of the Fuentabellas, an influential political clan in the fourth district of Camarines Sur.

Muhlach and wife, Charlene Gonzales, filed their applications for registration as voters of San Jose on March 19 last year, which the Election Registration Board (ERB) subsequently approved.

Last week, the Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the Camarines Sur Regional Trial Court from implementing its December ruling that directed the ERB to remove the couple from San Jose’s list of voters on the ground that they were not local residents. The TRO is good for 60 days.

In the Comelec decision, it unanimously ruled that the actor was a natural-born Filipino citizen and, therefore, may enjoy full civil and political rights, including the right to seek public office.

The disqualification case stemmed from a complaint filed by Gilmar Pacamarra, a voter from Camarines Sur, who alleged that Muhlach made “false material representations” when he indicated in his certificate of candidacy that he was a Filipino citizen when he had supposedly acquired Spanish citizenship.

In his reply, Muhlach said he never took an oath of allegiance to the Spanish government nor did he ever apply for naturalization as a Spanish citizen. Muhlach’s father is reportedly a Spanish citizen.

The Comelec’s First Division, composed of Commissioners Rene Sarmiento, Christian Robert Lim and Armando Velasco, upheld the actor, ruling that the petitioner failed to show evidence that Muhlach had “expressly renounced” his Philippine citizenship or has subscribed an oath of allegiance to another country.

“It does not see how any of the petitioner’s allegations prove that Muhlach voluntarily or without reservation abandoned his Philippine citizenship. There is nothing in the submissions of Pacamara that show an express renunciation of Philippine citizenship on the part of Muhlach,” stated the decision.

Muhlach welcomed the Comelec decision, hoping that his rivals would stop trying to prevent him from running.

“What I am asking my rivals is to stop preventing something good from happening in our district. I have good intentions for our people. I want to help make their lives better. But then again, that’s politics and I am ready for what will happen next,” he said.

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  • XY ZEE

    Nakatapak ka man lang ba ng College Mr. Public Servant?

  • colliev

    Hey guys, give Aga a chance. Dito sa America kahit High School graduate lang puedeng
    maging presidente. Hindi ninyo alam ang ginagawang charity works ni Aga dahil hindi niya
    ito ibinabandera. You people need to shut up once in a while. In a democractic country anybody
    can dream of what they want to be. Respect is the word now and ever. Respect for one’s  dreams.
    Respect for all human beings. Respect for man’s dignity.Again…R E S P E C T.

    • George Lapulapu

      sino presidente ng America na High School Graduate lang. please name one.

      ..why not ask Aga to run in your district in America instead.

      ..he is a respected actor. that’s fine. he is entitled to run for any position. but he should run on the basis of a good platform not just his being artista. e sa ngayon pa lang pronouncement pa lang e.. pag aartisita pa rin ang nasa isip nya, kahit manalo daw sya.  and electorates deserve better than that.. and if he thinks he can be better than that, eh should stop acting like an artista…and he will get respect.. he acts like an artista–expect people to see him as an artisita…

      his opponent is already unpopular..but he can not win by simply showing his face.. but what lies behind his face…

    • miiron

      respect my arse, colliev!  most maligned and abuse word used by politicians and harebrained people like u!  kung gusto talaga ni mulach tumulong maraming paraan bilang isang private person.  but he choose to do it by running as a tongresman.  habol lang naman ng mga taong ito ang pork barrel na makukuha nila e!  kaya pls collieve spare the people the BS!!!
      i’m not from CamSur

  • indiosbravos2002

    Know first who is he runnng against before making the comments. Aga is worth the 3 years he is askng for. He is much better than Wimpy Fuentebella whose rise to fame was making false accusatiins against Chief Justice Hilario Davide. And a 100 years of rule of Fuentebella rule in Bicol has brought nothing to the quality of life of Bicolanos. Napakamahirap pa rin ng Partido area. Kung ano itsura nya ng 80s, ganon pa rin sya 30 years later. No change and improvement from Arunlfo to Wimpy to Arnulfo and Wimpy again. Break the cycle of ignorance and political dynasty.

    • George Lapulapu

      i fully agree and i support you.. “break the cycle of ignornace and political dynasty”. but with what? with another ignorant, albeit pretty face?

      sa kadami daming press release ni Aga, i sitll cant get what is his platform. what it is he will do differently.. and how he will do it.

      this comment is a chalenge to Aga, to go beyond his pretty face… otherwise, we will replace the ugly incompetent governance with a pretty incompetenet governance…

      Mr Muhlach, step up!!! show us what you gut inside that handsome face… 

  • colliev

    I can’t find my reply to George Lapu-Lapu. Anyway, here it is: 10 of the US Presidents did not
    attend College. Period.

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