Comelec asked to disqualify Gov Hernandez’s wife from congressional race: Wala siyang bahay sa distrito!
A petition has been filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking to disqualify the wife of Laguna governor Ramil Hernandez from the congressional race of the province’s second district.
The petition, filed by Laguna resident Victor Resma Publico, claims that Ruth Hernandez failed to meet the residency requirement stated in the Constitution for candidates running for Congress.
Publico asked the Comelec to cancel Hernandez’s COC for committing material misrepresentation in the form.
Under the Constitution, congressional bets must be a resident of the district he or she is running for for not less than a year before election day.
The midterm elections will take place on May 13, 2019.
Hernandez indicated in her certificate of candidacy that she would have been a resident of the municipality of Bay for one year and two months before the May 2019 elections.
However, Publico said Hernandez could not have been a resident of Bay for more than a year since she voted in Calamba during barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections held last May.
Publico noted that as the governor’s wife, Hernandez should be sharing the same residence as Ramil.
The governor indicated an address in Barangay Barandal in Calamba City as his place of residence in his COC for governor.
“[W]ith the obligation imposed by law for spouses to live together, respondent Hernandez could not possibly be a resident of the Municipality of Bay while her husband resides in Calamba City,” the petition read.
Publico said Hernandez does not even have a house in the address she indicated in her COC because the structure that could be seen there at the moment is still under construction.
“Obviously, respondent Hernandez is making this baseless claim in order for her to run as candidate for Member, House of Representatives in the Second District of Laguna while her husband resides in Calamba City,” he said.
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