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Singer Papin wants her poll delisting reversed

SINGER Imelda Papin has petitioned the Commission on Elections to reverse the decision that prevented her from joining the congressional race in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan on question of domcile. In ordering the disqualification of Papin, the second division composed of Commissioners Lucenito Tagle, Elias Yusoph and Maria Grecia Cielo Padaca noted the inconsistencies in the records of her residency. “Respondent’s Certificate of Candidacy must be cancelled for making false material representation relating to her residence and for claiming that she is eligible to run for public office,” the resolution stated in a resolution last Jan. 31. “There are not enough proof to show she actually resided in any of the said properties within the period required by law. Respondent may own and lease several properties anywhere she chooses. However, such act alone will not suffice to make her resident of said place for election purposes, in the absence of any overt acts indicative of her intention to consider it as her permanent abode or residence.” But according to Papin, the three commissioners failed to appreciate the evidence she presented such as pictures of the blessing of her house in the city; certifications that her brother, Jose, and relatives are residents of the city; affidavit of her neighbors; receipts that she paid her taxes and bills in San Jose del Monte. She admittied selling her property in 2009 and running for senator in 2009, declaring her residence in Quezon City but shoudl be deemed a returning resident as well.    
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