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Gusto kami ng tao! Alan, Lani Cayetano shrug off disqualification case over residence

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Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, has scoffed at the petition calling for their disqualification in the 2019 elections for declaring they live in separate districts.

In a statement Tuesday, the Cayetano couple said “what truly matters” is their constituents’ desire.

They said their decision to run was based on their supposed desire to continue their public service.

“We are running because our constituents trust us that their interests would continue to be promoted and protected,” the Cayetanos said.

“The disqualification cases, from the correct perspective, are irrelevant to our constituents’ desire. On May 2019, we will submit to the people’s will. This is what truly matters,” they added.

A Taguig voter named Leonides Buac Jr. asked the Commission on Elections to reject the Cayetano couple’s certificates of candidacy because they stated they are living in separate residences.

As a maried couple, Buac said the Cayetanos “can only maintain one legal residence at any given time.”

“In claiming two different and separate domiciles, the Cayetano spouses absurdly represent that they habitually reside in two different localities,” he said.

Alan is running as congressman for Taguig’s first district while Lani wants to represent the city’s second district in the House.