Court stands by annulment of Sunshine-Cesar marriage

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Posted at Apr 11 2019 10:43 PM | Updated as of Apr 12 2019 06:54 AM

Former couple Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz. FILE

MANILA — “Finally! Totoo na talaga!”

These were the words of actress Sunshine Cruz as she celebrated the latest development in the years-long process of the annulment of her marriage with Cesar Montano.

According to Cruz, a Quezon City court junked the motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to reverse the decision to nullify the marriage.

The OSG, the designated “defender of the marital bond,” represents the interest of the state in protecting marriage as the basic family institution. This means it has the power to intervene in marital cases, on top of being the data repository of annulment petitions in the country.

Cruz filed for the annulment of her marriage with Montano in April 2014. That petition was granted by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court in September 2018.

On April 3, Cruz “received good news,” she said in a Facebook post from her personal account which was published by PEP.ph.

“I learned that the MR filed by OSG was denied. Thank you, Lord! Finally! Totoo na talaga! It was not easy and it took us 5 years but I finally got what I wanted and what I deserve,” she wrote.

Cruz, 41, and Montano, 56, were married in 2000. They have three daughters together.