EDU MANZANO DISQUALIFICATION – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) second division disqualified Edu Manzano to run as congressman of San Juan.
The Comelec confirmed that the actor and politician Edu Manzano got disqualified from running as a congressman of San Juan due to some conflicts about his citizenship which is a key requirement for public office.
“Without direct proof of his oath of allegiance being registered in the local civil registry in the place where he resides, respondent cannot be considered to have reacquired his Philippine citizenship under our laws,” the decision said.
Based on ABS-CBN’s post on Twitter, it indicated, “Brillantes [Atty. Sixto Brillantes; Edu’s lawyer] says they have 5 days to file a motion for reconsideration and that they are certain decision will not become final by election day.”
The resolution has also stated that he “voluntarily served in the United States Armed Forces, he forfeited the priceless gift of Philippine citizenship bestowed to him by the Philippine Constitution” and from then on at that moment, he is no longer a Filipino.
He also failed to comply with the requirements needed for him to reacquire his Filipino citizenship under the provisions of Republic Act 2630. It said, “Respondent failed to show the Commission that he took an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines.”
Accordingly, this is not the first time that Manzano had conflicts about his citizenship when running for a post. In 1998, he ran for vice mayor of Makati City where a petition was filed against his candidacy due to the same reason but the Supreme Court then declared him as a qualified candidate. He was also then able to run for Mayor of Makati City in 2001; Vice President in 2010; and senator in 2016.
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