Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano and her husband, former Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, faced with disqualification payments when they were admitted to live in separate homes so they could run to the two places in the House of Representatives.
Leonides Buac Jr. Barangay Signal Village has asked the Commission to disqualify a couple of what he claimed was a deception.
Cayetanos can not operate in a separate city in two congressional districts, because the Family Code "imposes an obligation on them to live together", Buac said in a petition to cancel a couple of submitted candidacy certificates.
Mandatory to live together
"This obligation to live together as a result of the choice of husband and wife's place of residence is considered to be their habitual residence or legal residence in all lawful matters and purposes," said Buaka.
"Thus, one spouse can not retain his place of residence, which is separate and independent of the place of marriage."
However, in a joint statement on Tuesday, Cayetano's pair did not refute Buick's statements, but said they were ready to answer questions raised in disqualification cases.
They pointed out that their decision at the same time was a continuation of the Taguig and Patero peoples' service years and they said: "We trust that their interests will continue to be promoted and protected."
"Disqualification cases, from the right perspective, do not relate to the wishes of our voters. In May we will submit people's wishes," said the couple.
"This is really important. That is just a question."
Alan Peter, a former senator and congressman presenting his candidate for Taguig's first district candidate, said he was staying in Pasang Street, Barangay Bagumbayan.
Serendra apartment house
His wife, who is able to replace her sister in Rep Pia Cayetano's second district, said she lives in the city of Fort Bonifacio, two Serendra corporations.
As for the public office, the residence requirement "must be regarded as a legitimate residence or domicile, not a place where the party can own properties and which can be visited from time to time," said Buaic lawyer Emilio Maranon III.
Thus Buaka said that Alan Peter could not claim to be a resident of Bagumbayan because Lani's decision to transfer to Fort Bonifacio "shows the spouses' intention to identify and relocate their place of residence."
"[T]She could not be her only decision, but it should be a product of mutual agreement between her and her [Alan Peter]," he said.
Speaking of Lani, Maranon said she could not claim a stay in Fort Bonifacio because it was just "a comfortable home".
Lino and Pijah also live
He noted that the same unit was Lani's fraternal Lino's declared residence, when he dropped home in 2013.
It was also Pia's declared residence when she was in Congress in 2016.
"If the unit of this condominium is their three legitimate domicile, three families will consistently live and maintain family life together in such a small space," said Maranona.
If they win in mid-2019, Cayetano's administrative administration will be present not only in their Taguigas refugee but also in the Senate.
Regardless of the pair, which also operates on average, is Lino, who strives for the Mayoral seat, and Pia, who seeks to regain the seat of the Senate, which she holds for two successive terms.
In her statement, George Garcia, a lawyer for the Cayetano couple, said that law and jurisprudence are on their side.
Alan Peter said earlier that his and his wife's decision to run separate home seats at the same time was not unique. "[I]T is completely legal and moral. "
He mentioned Isabella Rep. Rodolfo Albano III and his wife, Vice-President Mylene Garcia-Albano, representative of the city of Davao.
Mylene won the 2010 election, following her brother Vincent, who reached the three-year limit.
At that time, Isabel's head of the meeting was Mylene's father Rodolfo Jr. After winning the 2013 and 2016 elections, the Albanian couple got both positions in their home.
Another husband-wife tandem in Parliament is Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing and her husband Sultan Kudarat Horacio Suansing Jr. –With Dexter Cabalza's report
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