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General of Manila was held to be a competent proof of that law. The petitioner failed to prove the Australian Citizenship Act of 1948 through any of the above methods. As uniformly observed by the RTC and COMELEC, the petitioner failed to show proof of the existence of the law during trial. Also, the letter issued by the Australian government showing the petitioner already renounced her Australian citizenship unauthenticated hence, the courts the courts a quo acted judiciously disregarding the same. We are bound to arrive at a similar conclusion even if we were to admit as competent evidence the letter in view of the photocopy of a Certificate of Authentication issued by Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, Australia attached to the petitioner’s motion for reconsideration. This Court as the government branch tasked to apply the enactments of the legislature must do so conformably with the wisdom of the latter sans the interference of any foreign law. If we were to read the Australian Citizenship Act of 1948 into the application and operation of R.A. No. 9225, we would be applying not what our legislative department has deemed wise to require. To do so would be a brazen encroachment upon the sovereign will and power of the people of this Republic. The petitioner’s act of running for public office does suffice to serve as an effective renunciation of her Australian citizenship. While this Court has previously declared that the filing by a person with dual citizenship of a certificate of candidacy is already considered a renunciation of foreign citizenship, such ruling was already adjudged superseded by the enactment of R.A. No. 9225 on August 29, 2003 which provides for the additional condition of a personal and sworn renunciation of foreign citizenship. The fact that petitioner won the elections cannot cure the defect of her candidacy. Garnering the most number of votes does not validate the election of a disqualified candidate because the application of the constitutional and statutory provisions on disqualification is not a matter of popularity.
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POLITICAL LAW CASE DIGESTS 53 SEPTEMBER 2012 GONZALES III vs. OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES G.R. No. 196231, September 4, 2012 En Banc ; Perlas-Bernabe, J. DOCTRINE: Administrative disciplinary power over Deputy Ombudsman and Special Prosecutor; The Ombudsman’s administrative disciplinary power over Deputy Ombudsman and Special Prosecutor is not exclusive. While the Ombudsman's authority to discipline administratively is extensive and covers all government officials, whether appointive or elective, with the exception only of those officials removable by impeachment, the members of congress and the judiciary, such authority is by no means exclusive.
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