Aga confident congress bid will push through

Posted at 01/15/2013 11:23 PM | Updated as of 01/16/2013 2:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Aga Muhlach remains confident that his bid for a congressional seat in Camarines Sur will push through after the Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order on his and his wife’s exclusion from the voters’ list.

Muhlach, who is running for congressman of Camarines Sur's 4th district, said he expected his opponents to raise the issue of legitimacy, noting that he has taken care of the matter from the start.

“I’m just the happiest right now because we were given the TRO, meaning we were heard, meaning tama ang side namin talaga. I am really confident that this will go all the way until May,” he told ANC’s “The World Tonight” on Tuesday.

Muhlach is also facing a disqualification case over his citizenship, but the actor said he is not worried that it will stop him from seeking public office.

“This is my baptism of fire. But I’m all set, talagang tuluy-tuloy na ito,” he said.

Muhlach has to be a qualified voter so his certificate of candidacy would not be cancelled.

He will be running against Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella, a scion of the powerful Fuentebella clan.

Judge Noel Paulite of the San Jose, Camarines Sur RTC earlier ordered the names of Muhlach and his wife Charlene be stricken off the list of voters in Barangay San Juan, San Jose, Camarines Sur, after they failed to comply with the six-month residency requirement for registered voters.

The Muhlachs then asked the Court of Appeals to prevent the court from implementing its order, saying the decision was premature.

Muhlach and his wife filed their application for registration as voters of San Jose, Camarines Sur on March 19, 2012. -- With a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News