By Joey Natividad
TIGAON, Camarines Sur (BicolToday.com/10-Jan-2013) – Actor Aga Muhlach greeted the New Year with a big bang when he announced that he was leading by 22% points over his opponent in a poll survey conducted to determine his winning chances in the Congressional race in Camarines Sur’s Fourth District.
According to the poll survey, Muhlach enjoyed voters approval rating of 54%, while his opponent Wimpy Fuentebella took a low of 32% of voters approval, while 14% are still undecided.
However, the group which conducted the survey was not named, whose findings and credibility were questioned by some quarters in the province. The survey had sparked public speculation in Camarines Sur that the survey is self-serving for Muhlach, and not highly credible.
In comparison, the Fuentebella camp has also been declaring, through their controlled local radio station here, that their candidate, Wimpy, has been enjoying an all-time high of 74% approval rating over Muhlach.
The Muhlach announcement on New Year’s Eve was a big surprise among rural folks when they already learned about the Regional Trial Court’s decision dismissing Aga’s appeal and affirming the lower Municipal Trial Court’s decision “that the actor was not a recognized resident in San Jose, Camarines Sur, and his name, together with his wife Charlene Gonzales, should be stricken out from the voters list of the town. The residency and voters status are very important requirements for Muhlach to register as a Congressional candidate in the May 2013 polls.
The court decision against Muhlach was issued on December 17, 2012.
According to Michelle Juan. legal counsel for the Muhlachs, they are “studying all legal options for Muhlach”, hinting that they will seek an appeal to reverse the RTC decision.
The court decision had already prepared many Muhlach candidates and supporters that eventually, he will withdraw his candidacy, or to slug it out in an uphill legal fight up to the Supreme Court, at the same time, face a bitter fight in the election campaign period in May 2013. [BicolToday.com]
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