Aga Muhlach is a CamSur resident, says Comelec, and junks disqualification case
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MANILA, Philippines – Citing his ancestry, physical presence and business interests, the Commission on Elections has declared Aga Muhlach a resident of Camarines Sur, as it threw out a disqualification case against him by two residents.

The poll body’s Second Division said the actor, who is now seeking a congressional seat in Camarines Sur, was able to prove compliance with the one-year residency requirement in San Jose town. 

“The instant petition is hereby dismissed for lack of merit,” the Comelec’s 13-page resolution said, throwing out the petition filed by Crispin Imperial and Francisco Perico Dizon of barangay San Juan, San Jose, Camarines Sur.

Muhlach, said the resolution, was “able to adduce substantial evidence to demonstrate compliance with the one-year residency under the law.”

The resolution noted the following: “His ancestry is traced in the province of Camarines Sur. Respondent established his actual physical  presence in the district. As early as April 2011, he purchased a property in San Jose Camarines Sur.”

It also noted that his business interests and communications, including his change of registered address to San Jose with the Bureau of Internal Revenue since April 2012, “show his intention to remain in the locality.”

In contrast, said Comelec, the petitioners “never presented any evidence that the respondent deliberately intended to commit the alleged false representation to deceive the electorate.”

The petitioners’ argument rested on the claim of his non-residency, but “no proof was ever presented to show that the respondent, when he filed his certificate of candidacy, at least knew of his ineligibility to office, and despite such knowledge, intends to deceive the electorate by passing himself off as eligible for public office,” the resolution concluded.