The Commission on Elections has ruled that Regina Reyes, daughter of Marinduque Governor Carmencita Reyes, is not qualified to run for congress in the province for being an American citizen.
The decision stemmed from the petition filed by Joseph Tan to deny due course or cancel Reyes’ certificate of candidacy on the basis of several false representations made by Reyes in her certificate of candidacy.
The Comelec First Division ruled that Reyes is an American citizen based on the certificate issued by the Bureau of Immigration detailing Reyes’ use of a US passport since 2005.
The resolution stated that “the requirement of Philippine citizenship is indispensable for a person seeking for an elective public office. It is a requisite which should be dealt with more scrutiny, if only to ensure that no person owing allegiance to other nation is actually permitted to govern our people.”
In his petition, Tan, a registered voter of Torrijos, Marinduque, claimed that Reyes falsely stated in her certificate of candidacy that she was born June 3, l964, when some pertinent records showed her birth date as July 8, 1959, while others stated that she was born on July 3, 1960.
Tan alleged that Reyes falsely stated in her COC that she is single when she is allegedly married to a Batangas solon. The petitioner added that Reyes failed to renounce her American citizenship.
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