Aga Muhlach stateless individual?
By Joey Natividad
SAN JOSE, Camarines Sur (BicolToday.com/18-Nov-2012) – Showbiz actor Aga Muhlach is not a Spanish nor a Filipino citizen, but a stateless individual when he filed his certificate of candidacy on October 5, this year.
This is one of the interesting arguments cited by Gilmar S. Pacamarra when he filed a petition before the Commission on Election (COMELEC) in Manila to “deny due course to or cancel certificate of candidacy of Aga “Ariel” Muhlach” on grounds of allegedly making false material representations when he filed his candidacy for a Congressional seat in the 4th district of Camarines Sur. The petition is accepted by COMELEC as SPA no. 13-060 (DC).
Pacamarra, in his petition, said Muhlach is a “stateless individual” when the actor renounced his Spanish citizenship on October 4, a day before filing his candidacy on October 5.
Pacamarra said, in his affidavit, that Aga Muhlach did not formally apply to re-acquire his Filipino citizenship before the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration, as mandated by Republic Act 9225, “Citizenship Retention And Re-Acquisition Act Of 2003.”
The law specifies procedures and conditions in the re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship for Filipinos who acquired citizenships of other countries, thereby giving up their previous Filipino citizenships, and later on, have decided to re-acquire back again their Filipino citizenships.
Muhlach renounced his Spanish citizenship by submitting an Affidavit of Renunciation of Foreign Citizenship on October 4, this year, and submitted to the Spanish Embassy in Manila the same day. The next day (Oct 5) he travelled to Naga City and filed his certificate of candidacy at the Provincial Comelec in Pili, Camarines Sur.
Pacamarra said, in his petition. that Muhlach did not formally apply for re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship. He included in his petition two certifications from the Bureau of Immigration that “there are no pending applications for Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship filed by Aga “Ariel’ Muhlach under Republic Act 9225, Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003.”
According to Pacamarra, when Muhlach filed his certificate of candidacy, he is neither a Spanish nor a Filipino citizen. He is a stateless individual.
So far, the petition is still pending at the COMELEC national office.
Meantime, in another ongoing legal case, Muhlach filed an appeal at the Regional Trial Court in San Jose, Camarines Sur, after the Municipal Trial Court on October 25, this year, ruled to exclude him from the voters list in San Jose town when several petitioners filed an inclusion/exclusion proceedings at the lower court. The appeal is still pending. [BicolToday.com]
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