Comelec at a loss over Aga Muhlach TRO

Posted at 01/16/2013 11:43 AM | Updated as of 01/16/2013 4:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections is now at a loss on how to follow the Court of Appeals' temporary restraining order (TRO) against the exclusion of actor and congressional candidate Aga Muhlach from the voters' list of Camarines Sur.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said there is a problem because the poll body had already released the final list of voters.

Nevertheless, he said the Comelec will try to resolve the issue. He added Muhlach still faces 2 cases at the Comelec and these involve questions on his residency and citizenship.

"The problem is that when this TRO came out yesterday...We already have movements made, those in the final list of voters we have already excluded his name and therefore we don't really know the specifics of the TRO. We cannot already undo what is already done," he said in an ANC interview.

"If that is a status quo order then we will know what to do," he added.

Meanwhile, Muhlach is confident he will be able to pursue his bid to win a seat in Camarines Sur's 4th District. He also brushed aside his pending cases at the Comelec.

"Masayang-masaya kasi what is right yung ang nagprevail. Papaano ako madi-disqualify eh puros tama ang ginagawa ko," he said.

The Court of Appeals 12th Division issued a 60-day TRO against the Camarines Sur regional trial court's exclusions of actor Muhlach and his wife, Charlene, from the voters' list.

The appellate court required the two to post a P200,000 bond.