MANILA, Philippines - Amid all the blessings coming his way, actor Derek Ramsay now faces another controversy involving his relationship with actress Angelica Panganiban.
ABS-CBN News was able to get hold of a marriage contract from the National Statistics Office (NSO) showing that "Derek Arthur Ramsay" got married to a 21-year-old "Mary Christine Jolly" last April 3, 2002.
Mayor Reinaldo Castro allegedly wed the two at his office in Balagtas, Bulacan around 3 p.m.
The marriage contract states that Jolly is an Indian-Filipino born in Las Piñas.
Two witnesses signed the marriage contract.
ABS-CBN News sought the help of a family lawyer assess the contract.
According to Atty. Jean Ferry, the marriage is still considered legal because the contract does not contain any annotation of nullification.
An annotation of nullification would mean that a marriage is null and void.
“If the certificate of marriage has no annotation that is required, then on its face, the marriage is still subsisting and still valid...To other persons, he is still married,” Ferry said.
Legal options mulled
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, both Ramsay and Panganiban bravely addressed the controversy.
“My lawyers are taking care of the various legal options that we have and handle the issue. It’s being taken care of as we speak,” said Ramsay.
Ramsay revealed he considers this issue personal and sensitive. He, however, clarified that this one is no different from the previous intrigues he and Panganiban have had to face.
“This is a very personal matter which I'll share with everyone... For me, just like all the other intrigues that happen every month, I'll focus on work, and for those who have given support, I want to say thank you and to let you know that she (Angelica) stands by me and our relationship is very strong,” Ramsay said..
“Siyempre, gusto naming harapin na masaya, ‘di ba? So tina-try namin ang best namin na labanan ito, na okay kami,” Panganiban said.
Both Ramsay and Panganiban have decided to maintain a positive outlook in life despite the negative issues they have had to confront.
Meanwhile, the alleged wife of Ramsay is keeping mum and is reported to be living outside the Philippines. - Report from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News