By Joey Natividad
TIGAON, Camarines Sur (BicolToday.com/21-Dec-2012) – Señor actor Aga Muhlach no es residente ni un electoral en San Jose, por lo tanto es descalificado para ser candidato para el Congreso.
Actor Aga Muchlach is not a resident nor a voter in San Jose, therefore he is disqualified to be candidate for Congress.
Showbiz star Muhlach’s hopes to take a seat in the House of Representative if he wins on May 13, 2013 election becomes dimmer after a higher court dismissed on Monday, December 17, this year, his appeal for reconsideration after the Municipal Trial Court in San Jose, Camarines Sur, excluded him from the lists of new voters in an exclusion proceeding filed by several petitioners.
Regional Trial Court (Branch 30) Judge Noel D. Paulite, also in San Jose, gave his decision on Monday, dismissing Muhlach’s petition to reconsider his inclusion in the voters’ list, and upheld the lower court’s earlier ruling on to exclude him from the voters’ list in precinct no.10A, barangay San Juan, San Jose, this province.
Judge Paulite chided the respondent-appellants Ariel “Aga” Muhlach, Charlene Mae Gonzales-Muhlach and the Election Registration Board in San Jose composed of Rosendo Vales as chair, school principal Palmetto Valencia and municipal treasurer Myrna Pacamarra for failure to respond on time the court’s mandated rulings on motions filed by both parties, while petitioner-appellees Francisco P. Dizon, Edgar Malate, Crispin Imperial, Ferdinand Fernando, and Felix Monasterio had complied the court’s recommended motions.
In his decision, Judge Paulite had dug deeper in explaining the legal meaning of “residency” and “domicile” in relation to Muhlach’s case on suffrage issue.
Photocopies of the RTC decision was given to this correspondent by petitioner Crispin Imperial. The court decision is uploaded with this news report and can be downloaded and printed by interested parties. RTC Decision of Aga Muhlach Disqualification Case
The petition to purge the Muhlachs from the voters’ list started on March 2012, when several petitioners led by Gilmar “Maymay” Pacamarra, all are San Jose residents, filed at the ERB petitions to delist the showbiz celebrities from the voters lists on grounds of doubtful residency status. BicolToday.com has reported these events in its online website and they can be browsed in its archives and under “showbiz” section.
In the decision, Judge Paulite denied that he owed his appointment to Congressman Noli Fuentebella and that his wife, Dina Paulite, did not only serve as Budget Officer to Tigaon Mayor Arnie Fuentebella, but to other previous mayors of the town. “My wife served as Budget Officers to Mayors Recto, Lelis, Llaguno, and Elmo Bombase,” he said, in response to a motion to inhibit was filed by the Muhlachs through their legal counsel.
There are reports that Aga Muhlach is still facing four (4) other cases filed at the COMELEC in Manila. One of these is a case on False Material of Representation relating to Muhlach’s questionable Spanish citizenship.
Muhlach is running for a seat in Congress representing Camarines Sur 4th District. He will be fighting Wimpy Fuentebella, son of out-going, end-termer Congressman Fuentebella.
Residency and being listed as voter are very important requirements for a person to run for public office.
So far, the Muhlachs have not made any official move if they will appeal before the Supreme Court. [BicolToday.com]
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