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RENALD F. VILANDO, PETITIONER, VS.

HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVES ELECTORAL TRIBUNAL, JOCELYN SY
LIMKAICHONG AND HON. SPEAKER PROSPERO NOGRALES,
RESPONDENTS

Facts:
 Limkaichong ran as a representative in the 1st District of Negros Oriental.
 Because of this, her opponent, Paras and some other concerned citizens filed
disqualification cases against Limkaichong. They alleged that Limkaichong was not a
natural born citizen of the Philippines because when she was born her father was still a
Chinese and that her mother, lost her Filipino citizenship by virtue of her marriage to
Limkaichong’s father.
 During the pendency of the case against Limkaichong before the COMELEC, Election
day came and votes were cast.
 Results came in and Limkaichong won over her rival Paras.
 COMELEC after due hearing declared Limkaichong as disqualified. Few days after the
counting of votes, COMELEC declared Limkaichong as a disqualified candidate.
 On the following days however, notwithstanding their proclamation disqualifying
Limkaichong, the COMELEC issued a proclamation announcing Limkaichong as the
winner of the recently conducted elections.
 This is in compliance with Resolution No. 8062 adopting the policy-guidelines of not
suspending the proclamation of winning candidates with pending disqualification
cases which shall be without prejudice to the continuation of the hearing and resolution
of the involved cases.
 Paras countered the proclamation and she filed a petition before the COMELEC.
 Limkaichong asailed Paras’ petition arguing that since she is now the proclaimed winner,
it should be the HRET which has the jurisdiction over the matter and not the COMELEC.
COMELEC agreed with Limkaichong.

Issues:
WON the proclamation done by the COMELEC is valid.
WON the HRET already acquired jurisdiction over the case.
WON Limkaichong is qualified to hold an office in the Republic
of the Philippines
The present petition filed by Vilando was DISMISSED. The Court affirms the March 24, 2010
Decision of the HRET declaring that Limkaichong is not disqualified as Member of the House of
Representatives representing the First District, Negros Oriental.
Held:
1.
The proclamation of Limkaichong was valid. Limkaichong timely filed with the COMELEC En
Banc her motion for reconsideration as well as for the lifting of the incorporated directive
suspending her proclamation. The filing of the motion for reconsideration effectively suspended
the execution of the COMELEC’s Joint Resolution. Since the execution of the Joint Resolution
was suspended, there was no impediment to the valid proclamation of Limkaichong as the
winner pursuant to Section 2, Rule 19 of the COMELEC Rules of Procedure.

2. The HRET must exercise jurisdiction after Limkaichong’s proclamation. The SC has invariably
held that once a winning candidate has been proclaimed, taken his oath, and assumed office as a
Member of the House of Representatives the COMELEC’s jurisdiction over election contests
relating to his election, returns, and qualifications ends, and the HRET’s own jurisdiction
begins. It follows then that the proclamation of a winning candidate divests the COMELEC of
its jurisdiction over matters pending before it at the time of the proclamation. The party
questioning his qualification should now present his case in a proper proceeding before the
HRET, the constitutionally mandated tribunal to hear and decide a case involving a Member of
the House of Representatives with respect to the latter’s election, returns and qualifications.
The use of the word “sole” in Section 17, Article VI of the Constitution and in Section 250 of the
OEC underscores the exclusivity of the Electoral Tribunals’ jurisdiction over election contests
relating to its members.

3. Records disclose that Limkaichong was born in Dumaguete City on November 9, 1959. The
governing law is the citizenship provision of the 1935 Constitution. The HRET, therefore,
correctly relied on the presumption of validity of the July 9, 1957 and September 21, 1959
Orders of the Court of First Instance (CFI) Negros Oriental, which granted the petition and
declared Julio Sy a naturalized Filipino absent any evidence to the contrary. Respondent
Limkaichong falls under the category of those persons whose fathers are citizens of the
Philippines. (Section 1(3), Article IV, 1935 Constitution) It matters not whether the father
acquired citizenship by birth or by naturalization. Therefore, following the line of transmission
through the father under the 1935 Constitution, the respondent has satisfactorily complied with
the requirement for candidacy and for holding office, as she is a natural-born Filipino citizen.

Respondent participated in the barangay elections as a young voter in 1976, accomplished voter's
affidavit as of 1984, and ran as a candidate and was elected as Mayor of La Libertad, Negros
Oriental in 2004. These are positive acts of election of Philippine citizenship. The case of In re:
Florencio Mallare, elucidates how election of citizenship is manifested in actions indubitably
showing a definite choice. We note that respondent had informally elected citizenship after
January 17, 1973 during which time the 1973 Constitution considered as citizens of the
Philippines all those who elect citizenship in accordance with the 1935 Constitution.