Edu Manzano votes in San Juan amid Comelec disqualification

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Posted at May 13 2019 11:30 AM | Updated as of May 13 2019 11:46 AM

Congressional hopeful Edu Manzano arrives to cast his vote in San Juan City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – Edu Manzano cast his vote at Xavier School in San Juan City on Monday morning.

The actor-politician is seeking a post in congress as San Juan representative.

The division noted Manzano was born to Filipino parents in San Francisco, California in September 1955, "making him both a citizen of the Philippines and of the United States of America."

It also noted that Manzano had served in the US military before returning to the Philippines in the 1990s.

For his part, Manzano said he was born in the United States not by choice, making his American citizenship automatic.

He also denied that he voluntary joined the US military. 

"I never voluntarily joined. I was drafted," he said during his interview on ANC. At that time, Manzano said he was just 17 years old and the Vietnam War was ongoing.

He said he had informed the US embassy in the past about his intention to give up his citizenship to run for local office but has not done the process of signing an oath of renunciation.

"If the court felt it would not be enough for me signing my certificate of candidacy then of course I would have to do it," he said.

Despite the Comelec decision, Manzano’s name remains in the ballot and he continued to campaign up to the last day.

If he wins, Manzano said he hopes to bring in a new brand of politics in San Juan.

"I would like to be the kind of congressional representative who would like to make amends, join hands with the local government unit and work together to make a more progressive San Juan," he said.