Some local candidates are foreigners? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 April 2016 13:33

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

The virus of citizenship misrepresentation is spreading in the country, not only on the presidency but even down the line of local government units. Some local candidates are allegedly foreigners, mostly Chinese nationals and holder of Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) issued by the government and not natural born Filipinos following the requirements of the Philippine Constitution. Is this true Mister Commission on Election (COMELEC)?

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It is a surprise to know an information that allegedly some foreigners are vying for Congressman, Party List Representatives, and some city councilors  in the country, when the issue of citizenship of presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe is still hot and only made lukewarm by a Supreme Court resolution allowing her to run and declared a Natural Born Filipino Citizen. Is this Supreme Court decision in favor of Senator’s Grace Poe citizenship emboldened other alleged foreigners to blatantly violate this Constitutional Provision on citizenship and run for elective government position? Or has the Supreme Court decision, now taking its toll as a precedence following the principle of “stare decisis” or the Law of Precedence?

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This is an alarming piece of information, if foreigners will one day dominate elective positions in the Philippines. Because if indeed the idea of “money politics” is now the trend in our political system, foreigners have the advantage over Filipinos, because only aliens have the resources and can spend enormously to buy their victory.

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Allegedly even in Zamboanga City, this political rumor is happening that some aliens are running for elective positions. If there is truth in this allegations, let us all say good bye to our political system. It is eroding very fast and for the worse, faster than the erosion of the ice glaciers of the Arctic Circle because of climate change. Table Talk is hoping that this is not true but we will continue to dig deeper to save our city from being the playground of opportunists. We are already overburdened with secessionist disturbance.

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It is a pity that some of our city leaders allegedly allowed the entry of aliens into our local political system, all in the name of  “votes contribution”  and maybe as payment of a “debt of gratitude”  for past assistance. We are not questioning their qualification and what ideas they can contribute for our city, because surely, they are more qualified than other candidates. What we are questioning is, the Philippine Constitution is the mother of all laws to protect and preserve her citizens against the intrusion of aliens. And if the same Constitution favors or is lenient to a foreigner in whom the Constitution has explicitly excluded to participate in partaking her citizens rights and interest, then the Philippine Constitution is no better than a Barangay Ordinance that ordinary government officials can play with.

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Scoop: Our city officials and handlers of candidates and politicians must be aware of the consequences when aliens are part of our Philippine Government. The precedence will go on until one day our highest leader is an alien and the cycle of conquest begins again. Agree or disagree.