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Commission On Elections Disqualifies Presidential Candidate Mar Roxas For Being Too Filipino

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s final: Grace Poe can run for president in the May 9 Philippine elections.

Poe’s candidacy was challenged before both the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Supreme Court because of questions on her citizenship.  Her political opponents claim that being a foundling, she is not a natural-born Filipino citizen which is required of all candidates for president.  The high court recently affirmed its earlier decision to allow Poe to run for the highest office.

But now, the Commission on Elections has disqualified another presidential candidate, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.  Roxas is the standard bearer of the Aquino administration’s Liberal Party.

Roxas’ disqualification came immediately after an interview on GMA Channel 7 where he said that if he wins the presidency, the people can be assured that they are electing a president that is “110 percent Filipino.”

In an emergency meeting, the  COMELEC unanimously decided to disqualify Roxas because he “exceeded” the required  qualification for presidential candidates.  “The constitution only requires candidaters to be natural-born Filipinos,” the commissioners said.  “Roxas’ claim to  be 110 percent Filipino is mathematically impossible, and it only means that he is 100 percent Filipino plus 10 percent something else, and therefore not a natural-born Filipino.”

Upon learning of the COMELEC ruling, Roxas vowed to elevate his disqualification to the Supreme Court.

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Immigration: Homeland Security Releases New U.S. Citizenship Test Questions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – Until yesterday, applicants for U.S. citizenship had to study 100 civics test questions from which the immigration officer will ask 10, and the applicants must answer at least 6 correctly.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security, through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), released the new set of citizenship test questions – totalling 63.

Passing the citizenship exam will not be based on correct answers.  Rather, it will be based on a determination of whether the potential U.S. citizen is Authoritarian, Leftist, Rightist or Libertarian, as shown in the quadrants below:

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In order to pass the test, the applicant must at least fall somewhere in, or close to, the lower left quadrant — meaning that he or she must be closer to being a Leftist and Libertarian.

The new test questions were developed in consultation with top Republican and Democratic candidates for president, namely, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.  They reflect the changing attitudes of Americans towards immigration and the war on terror.

Citizenship applicants are encouraged to review the new test questions before their scheduled interview.

HERE are the 63 test questions.

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Even Senator Grace Poe’s Family Won’t Vote For Her

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –  Despite having consistently led in national polls, Philippine presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe faces an uphill battle with many political opponents and detractors, many of whom accuse her of being inexperienced and riding on the coattails of her adopted father, the late actor Fernando Poe, Jr.

Questions about her status as a natural-born Filipino as well as residency have also haunted her campaign to succeed President NoyNoy Aquino who is rumored to be secretly supporting her candidacy over his own anointed one, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. (The Supreme Court earlier ruled that Poe is qualified to run for president.)

Now, The Adobo Chronicles has learned that Poe’s own family — husband Neil Llamanzares and their three children Hanna, Nika and Brian — will not even be voting  for her in the May 9 elections. They will be voting for Hillary Clinton. They are, after all, U.S. citizens.