Comelec drops disqualification case vs. Aga Muhlach

Actor Aga Muhlach can push through with his bid for a seat in Congress, his lawyer said, noting that all legal hurdles for his candidacy have been junked.

The Commission on Elections Second Division dismissed a disqualification case filed against Muhlach arising from his alleged failure to meet a one-year residency requirement in Camarines Sur.

The actor has also earlier won against moves to remove him from the voters' list in Camarines Sur over questions in his citizenship.

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The actor is running for Camarines Sur representative under the administration coalition.

Muhlach "has been able to adduce substantial evidence to demonstrate compliance with the one-year residency under the law," the actor's lawyer quoted the Comelec Resolution as saying.

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal added that the decision was based on Comelec's evaluation which has established Muhlach's ancestral roots as well as physical presence in the province.

Muhlach purchased a property in San Jose, Camarines Sur in April 2011, Macalintal said.

The actor has also transferred his address and business address, "indicative of his intention to make San Jose, Camarines Sur as his domicile," the lawyer quoted Comelec as saying.

No evidence has also been presented to prove Muhlach's intention to "commit the alleged false representation to deceive" in his certificate of candidacy, Comelec said.

"[T]he law does not speak that a person has to be in his home 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order to fulfill the residency requirement," Macalintal quoted Comelec as saying.

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