Congressional candidate in marinduque disqualified

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified Regina Reyes, daughter of Marinduque Governor Carmencita Reyes, from running as congresswoman in next month's midterm elections.

Reyes is running as representative of the lone congressional district in Marinduque.
In its 13-page decision, the Comelec First Division ruled that Reyes is not eligible to run for public office in the province for being an American citizen.

The ineligible candidate was declared as such also for her failure to meet the one-year residency requirement for candidates.

"Thus, a Filipino citizen who becomes naturalized elsewhere effectively abandons his domicile of origin," the Comelec said in a resolution signed by Commissioners Lucenito Tagle and Christian Robert Lim of the First Division.

"In this case, there is no showing whatsoever that respondent (Reyes) had already re-acquired her Filipino citizenship... so as to conclude that she has regained her domicile in the Philippines. There being no proof that respondent had renounced her American citizenship, it follows that she has not abandoned her domicile of choice in the United States of America," the poll body stressed.

The Comelec ruled that the American citizenship of Reyes was evident based on her previous travels to the US from October 14, 2005 to June 30 2012, using her United States passport No. 306278853.

The Comelec decision stemmed from the petition filed by Joseph Tan, a resident of Torrijos, Marinduque, to cancel Reyes' certificate of candidacy for making several false representations in her COC.

Tan claimed that Reyes stated in her COC that she was born June 3, l964, when some pertinent records showed that her date of birth was July 8, 1959, while others stated that she was born on July 3, 1960.

The petitioner added that Reyes failed to renounce her American citizenship.
He said Reyes violated Section 6, Article VI of the Constitution and Section 74 of the Omnibus Election Code (OEC) since a candidate seeking for a congressional post must be a natural-born Filipino citizen.


He pointed out that "Reyes did not apply for dual citizenship, and even if she did, there is no record that she renounced her US citizenship."

The Liberal Party fielded Reyes as its candidate for representative of Marinduque against incumbent congressman Lord Allan Jay Velasco of National Unity Party. She is the daughter of Marinduque Gov. Carmencita Reyes and sister of Toll Regulatory Board Executive Director Edmundo Reyes, Jr.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Filipino, Vietnamese troops play games on Spratly island

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war Wednesday to foster camaraderie at a Philippine-held island in the South China Sea, where territorial rifts have escalated following China's island-building activities. …

  • Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed island

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Vietnamese and Philippine troops played soccer and sang karaoke on a South China Sea island on Wednesday in a sign of the growing security ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most at odds with Beijing over the contested waterway. Cooperation has blossomed between Hanoi and Manila since they shelved decades of enmity over their competing claims in the Spratly archipelago to try to counter China, whose creation of artificial islands in the region …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Fall on renewed U.S. rate hike concerns

    BANGKOK, May 27 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets tumbled on Wednesday as investors resumed selling on expectations of an interest rate hike in the U.S. sooner rather than later, derailing Philippine ... …

  • Phl, US defense chiefs to meet on sea dispute
    Phl, US defense chiefs to meet on sea dispute

    As US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Regan began its journey to Asian waters amid China’s power flexing in the region, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin would try to hear directly from his US counterpart how far America is willing to go to aid its long-time ally against China’s threatening moves in disputed waters. Gazmin flew to Hawaii last Monday to attend ceremonies for the turnover of leadership of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) from Admiral Samuel Locklear to Admiral Harry …

  • Water in Angat Dam falls below critical level
    Water in Angat Dam falls below critical level

    The water level of Angat Dam in Bulacan yesterday fell below the 180-meter critical level for irrigation, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. PAGASA said the dam’s water level further dropped to 179.98 meters as of 6 a.m. yesterday from 180.2 meters on Monday. The priority is the domestic consumption in Metro Manila, according to PAGASA. …

  • PCSO gets P3-B fund for medical aid
    PCSO gets P3-B fund for medical aid

    The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) reported yesterday that an estimated P3-billion charity fund has been allocated by Congress to the agency to provide medical assistance to indigent patients and also give funds to other government offices including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Crop Insurance Program. …

  • Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
    Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Mostly down; Thai shares near 2-week low

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most sharemarkets in Southeast Asia fell on Tuesday with the Thai index ending at a near two-week low and the Philippines touching a near four-week low after trade data while ... …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options