Amalia: I was Joey's legal wife

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2012 10:17 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2012 06:17 AM

Amalia says she can one-up Annabelle

MANILA, Philippines – Seeking to disprove claims they were merely live-in partners, former actress Amalia Fuentes on Wednesday showed proof of her marriage with her late ex-husband Joey Stevens to "enlighten the public."

Amalia Fuentes. File photo

"Sabi [ni Annabelle] live-in partner lang daw ako nu’ng namatay kong asawa. Kaya ngayon dinala ko itong marriage contract namin at hindi naman ako makakapag-lawsuit dito sa Quezon City for concubinage kung wala naman akong marriage contract hindi ba," Fuentes said.

In 2009, Fuentes filed a concubinage case against Stevens.

"Mayroon akong demanda na nakamatayan nu’ng asawa ko na concubinage. Hindi pwede ang concubinage kung hindi ka kasal," Fuentes added.

'Responsibility to the public'

Fuentes said showing her marriage contract with Stevens is her responsibility to the public as a celebrity, to "enlighten" them of the "truth."

"I don't care about Annabelle Rama. This is not to enlighten her but to enlighten the public, because I have a public responsibility as a celebrity. Responsibility ko sa publiko na ipaalam ang katotohanan," Fuentes said.

Fuentes also shrugged off Rama's move to file charges against her in Cebu, supposedly to deliberately inconvenience her.

"Kahit sa Timbuktu pa 'yan...Isang oras lang ang Cebu. Ako magpa-file din ng case sa kanya pero doon sa Nasugbu, three hours 'yung biyahe. Wala siyang bahay doon, ako may bahay doon. I can do the same. Kung anong kaya niyang gawin, kaya ko ring gawin," Fuentes said.