Lonely Koko envies Chiz

Posted at Sep 04 2012 11:48 AM | Updated as of Sep 04 2012 09:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Koko Pimentel on Tuesday said he is jealous of fellow Senator Francis Escudero because his kids live with him.

Pimentel lives alone after separating with his wife of 12 years, Jewel May Lobaton. Their 2 children, ages 8 and 2, currently live with Lobaton.

"I live alone, without the kids. I borrow them over the weekend," he said.

The senator said he envies Escudero since the latter has custody of his kids. Escudero has also separated from his wife, Christine Elizabeth “Tintin” Flores.

"Inggit ako kay Chiz. It's hard but because of my schedule, I just justify that it is better that they are with their mom. Anyway even if they are with me during weekdays, I am not there. That is the justification but of course, I would rather that they would be with me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," he said.

Pimentel said he has yet to file for annulment of his marriage. He said he remains friends with Lobaton for the sake of their children.

Asked if he will be dating soon, he said: "Maybe after elections."

He reiterated that he has become more open to divorce in the country but said it must not be patterned after the "no fault" divorces in the United States.