Aga Muhlach responds to disqualification case

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 29 2012 05:30 PM | Updated as of Oct 30 2012 01:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Aga Muhlach, accompanied by wife Charlene Gonzales and lawyer Romulo Macalintal, filed his answer to a disqualification case against him at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday.

The case stems from a complaint filed by Gilmar Pacamara, who claims to be a registered voter of Camarines Sur, last October 10 at the Comelec’s national office.

Muhlach is running for Congress in next year's elections, representing the 4th district of Camarines Sur. He will be running against a scion of the powerful Fuentebella clan.

Macalintal explained that the disqualification case is based on questions about Muhlach’s Filipino citizenship.

But the lawyer stressed that Muhlach is a natural-born Filipino citizen since his father is a Spaniard who has been naturalized as a Filipino, while his mother is a natural-born Filipino citizen.

Before this, Muchlach was already facing a disqualification case at the district office of the Comelec, which was filed by seven individuals in his district since Muhlach reportedly is not a registered voter nor a resident of the area.

Comelec employees, meanwhile, mobbed the celebrity couple as they made their way to the office of Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes.