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Comelec orders Antonino scion to explain US citizenship

CABANATUAN CITY—The Commission on Elections First Division on Thursday summoned a 32-year-old congressional candidate in southern Nueva Ecija to appear before the poll body and answer a petition seeking to disqualify her in the congressional race for allegedly being a US citizen. Clerk of Commission Ma. Josefina dela Cruz, in a summons with notice of conference, directed Magnolia Rosa C. Antonino-Nadres to appear on April 3 effectively giving due course to the petition. Dela Cruz warned Antonino-Nadres that failure to appear before the scheduled conference shall be considered as a waiver and render the petition deemed submitted for resolution. A separate notice of conference was been sent to lawyer Tyrone Contado, counsel for petitioners Pedro Fajardo and Desita Garcia. Both parties were given 10 days after the date of conference within which to file their respective memorandum. Antonino-Nadres, of San Francisco St., Barangay Langla, Jaen, Nueva Ecija, is the daughter of outgoing three-term fourth district Rep. Rodolfo Antonino. More popularly known as Megan,  Antonino-Nadres is seeking to succeed her father in the district which covers Gapan City and the southern Nueva Ecija towns of Cabiao, Gen. Tinio, Jaen, Penaranda, San Isidro, San Leonardo and San Antonio. She is running under the National Unity Party founded by the elder Antonino against two-time San Leonardo Mayor Froilan Nagano, comebacking former two-term Rep. Julita Lorenzo-Villareal and Villareal’s sister-in-law, former San Isidro mayor and Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) executive director Sonia Lorenzo. The petition filed by Fajardo and Desita Garcia said respondent Antonino-Nadres is disqualified to run for Congress in the fourth district based on Article 6 of the 1987 Constitution which states that no person shall be a member of the House of Representatives unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines.
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