High Court disqualifies Marinduque representative

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THE SUPREME Court (SC) ruled with finality on Tuesday the disqualification case of Rep. Regina Ongsiako-Reyes of Marinduque in the last May 2013 polls on account of her being an American citizen.

During the SC en banc session, the justices ruled to junk the second motion for reconsideration filed by Reyes.

“The decision is now final,” said SC spokesman Theodore Te during the press briefing.

The SC stood pat in its ruling that there was no grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Commission on Elections in disqualifying Reyes.


SC Justice Presbitero Velasco had excused himself from the case since his son, incumbent Rep. Lord Allan Velasco of Marinduque, was Reyes’ rival in the May 2013 polls.

On May 14, the Comelec disqualified with finality Reyes from the race due to her being an American citizen.

With the SC’s verdict, Reyes’ victory over Velasco is now voided following the provision of Republic Act 6646, which states: “Any candidate who has been declared by final judgment to be disqualified shall not be voted for, and the votes cast for him shall not be counted.”

Comelec junked Reyes’ defense that she is a dual citizen of the Philippines and of the US because of her previous marriage to Saturnino Ador Dionisio, an American.

The poll body pointed out that Reyes is a US citizen and relied on the certificate issued by the Bureau of Immigration detailing Reyes’ use of a US passport.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said the house is not recognizing the SC decision in ousting Reyes as its member.

Earlier, Belmonte opined that it is the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal that has jurisdiction over the qualifications of Reyes and not the High Court.

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  1. Arch.Angel(Lito) Lingan Mallonga on

    The way I see it, anybody Filipinos from abroad regardless if they have dual citizenship will never served the Philippines come what may. The dual Citizenship passed during Pres. GMA is just a CASH COW and nothing more.Just wants to bring all those money to come in anyways.Can you imagine here we have a Filipina born in PH with both Father and Mother who are Filipinos can not served the country . Filipinos with dual Citizenship can not even be elected as Barangay Councilman. That is why our country will never progress cause it is too much over protectionism. When will we ever learn. We have two Senators both brother and sisters serving right now. There parents are Filipino American yet they are in the senate up to now. You know it and everybody knows who they are anyways. ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES HA HA HA HA