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The Supreme Court (SC) has disqualified a municipal mayor in Lanao del Norte for being an American citizen.

In a recent decision penned by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, the high court affirmed the December 2013 ruling of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualifying Kauswagan Mayor Rommel Arnado in the 2013 elections.

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The high court said Arnado continued using his American passport even after renouncing his US citizenship in 2009 to run for mayor in 2010.

It dismissed Arnado’s petition and lifted the status quo ante order it earlier issued to stop the Comelec order.

In its ruling, the SC said “only natural-born Filipinos who owe total and undivided allegiance to the country could run for and hold elective posts.”

The SC allowed Arnado’s rival, Florante Capitan, to assume the post, although there are only nine months left in the term.

Fresh news update from the Philippine Star.

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