Aga is Cam Sur resident, Comelec rules

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Posted at Mar 14 2013 05:03 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2013 01:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Second Division has ruled that actor and Liberal Party congressional bet Aga Muhlach is a resident of San Jose, Camarines Sur.

Aga Muhlach. File photo

According to Muhlach's legal counsel Romulo Macalintal, the Comelec resolution dated March 5, 2013 dismissed a disqualification case filed against the actor for "lack of merit."

The case stems from Muhlach's alleged failure to meet the one-year residency requirement in Camarines Sur to run for a congressional seat representing the fourth district of the province.

Penned by presiding commissioner Elias Yusoph and concurred by commissioner Maria Gracia Padaca, the Comelec resolution ruled that Muhlach "has been able to adduce substantial evidence to demonstrate compliance with the one-year residency under the law."

"This was based on Comelec's evaluation of Muhlach's evidence that his ancestry is traced in the Province of Camarines Sur and that he established his actual physical presence in the district as early as April 2011 when he purchased a property in San Jose, Camarines Sur," Macalintal said in a statement.

Quoting the Comelec resolution, Macalintal added that the poll body accepted as evidence Muhlach's transfer of his "address and business interests and communications with the Bureau of Internal Revenue since April 2012, thus ruling that these are indicative of his intention to make San Jose, Camarines Sur as his domicile."

Muhlach had earlier faced two contentions to his May candidacy, which have both been dismissed -- the first, the issue of his being a natural-born Filipino citizen; and second, his being a registered voter of Camarines Sur.