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Workers partylist boots out nominee

THE OFW Family Club Partylist, which won two congressional seats in the last election, has expelled film actor Juan “Johnny” Revilla as its second nominee for his refusal to renounce his US citizenship and failure to help campaign for the partylist group. “The OFWFCP cannot be a party to a culpable violation of the Constitution, which prohibits a foreigner to run for public office in the Philippines,” the OFWFCP said in a resolution signed by all regional chapter presidents and officers. The OFW Family Club Partylist garnered nearly a million votes in the last elections, entitling it to at least two seats in the 16th Congress. Former Philippine Ambassador to United Arab Emirates and National Labor Relations Commission chairman Roy Señeres is the first nominee. The OFWFCP endorsed Christine Napoles, president of the OFWFCP National Capital Region chapter, to replace Revilla after Señeres’ son Roy Jr., the third nominee, refused to assume Revilla’s seat for fear of accusations that the Señereses were creating a family dynasty within the partylist group. According to the resolution, Revilla falsely claimed in the affidavit he submitted to the Commission on Elections that “he possesses all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications as a nominee.” “However, it was discovered later that he is a US citizen for which he was asked by Ambassador Señeres to renounced his citizenship, to which he said he was going to think over it,” the resolution said. The resolution said the former ambassador later sent Revilla a letter of clarification asking if he had already renounced his US citizenship, but Revilla “did not even bother to reply.” “The OFWFCP obtained a document from the Bureau of Immigration, which shows that starting 2002 up to 2009, Johnny Revilla was using a US passport in his travels overseas,” the resolution said.
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