MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday confirmed that his son, Panfilo “Pampi” Lacson Jr., has separated from his wife, actress Jodi Sta. Maria.
"Oo hiwalay na nga sila," Lacson briefly answered when asked about the state of Pampi and Sta. Maria’s marriage in an interview with radio dzMM.
However, the lawmaker, who surfaced recently after a year of hiding to avoid arrest in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case, did not give further details.
Lacson's statement came after Pampi reportedly admitted that he and his wife have been estranged for 7 months now.
The young Lacson also reportedly denied physically abusing his wife.
Sta. Maria is still keeping her silence on the controversy to protect their son, "Thirdy."
This is not the first time that the 2 were hounded by controversies since tying the knot in 2005 in Las Vegas.
“The Buzz” reported that Pampi was first accused of hurting his wife 2 years after their marriage. Both husband and wife had denied the rumors.
Sta. Maria had said that it was normal for any couple to have arguments and disagreements but her husband never laid a hand on her.
In 2007, rumors about their separation also surfaced after several people noticed that she was not wearing her wedding ring.
The rumors came to life again in 2010 when, during her acceptance speech after winning the best supporting actress prize at Cinema One Originals Film Festival, she forgot to thank her husband.