SC disqualifies Kauswagan mayor

MANILA, Philippines - For still using his US passport even after he claimed to have renounced his American citizenship, the Supreme Court disqualified Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, from running for any local position.

Arnado ran in the 2010 elections under the Nacionalista party. He is now seeking reelection under the Liberal party.

The SC, in a decision dated April 16 but made public only on Tuesday, May 7, said Arnado's continued use of his US passport is equivalent to a recantation of his Oath of Renunciation.

The SC, voting 10-5, also declared Casan Maquiling, Arnado's rival in the May 2010 elections, as the new mayor of Kauswagan. -