Derek's estranged wife drags Angelica into legal feud


Posted at Oct 08 2014 04:49 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2014 06:17 AM

How Angelica's 2013 tell-all factored into complaint

MANILA - (2nd UPDATE) Mary Christine Jolly is not done yet.

The estranged wife of Derek Ramsay filed on Wednesday a concubinage complaint against the actor and Angelica Panganiban, his past girlfriend of six years, at the Paranaque Prosecutor's Office.

Under Article 334 of the Revised Penal Code, concubinage can be filed against a husband "who shall keep a mistress in the conjugal dwelling, or shall have sexual intercourse, under scandalous circumstances, with a woman who is not his wife, or shall cohabit with her in any other place."

The woman must also be aware that the man (husband) is married.

If found guilty, the husband may be imprisoned from six months to six years, while the mistress may be prohibited from being within 25 kilometers of the husband for a specified length of time.

In June, Jolly lodged a complaint against Ramsay for allegedly violating Republic Act No. 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act.

She is seeking P42 million in damages for child and spouse support.

Derek and Mary's past

According to Jolly, she and Ramsay met in 2001, and were married in 2002 in Balagtas, Bulacan -- claims the actor confirmed in his counter-affidavit.

Jolly said she and Ramsay eventually separated due to disagreements. She went on to live in Dubai, where she raised their son by herself. She said she decided to contact Ramsay again after their son, now 11, asked about him as he was growing up.

In an earlier statement, Ramsay said he only confirmed that the boy introduced to her by Jolly was indeed his son in August 2011. He only admitted fathering the child last August, when he answered Jolly's accusations.

Ramsay and Panganiban broke up in February 2012, according to the actress in an interview with StarStudio magazine published in April 2013.

Among the reasons that led to the breakup, Panganiban said, were three major conflicts -- Ramsay's being allegedly a controlling boyfriend, his supposed lack of support for the actress' mission to find her biological father, and his then-rumored marriage to Jolly.

'Angelica's tell-all led to complaint'

In her complaint-affidavit, Jolly said the same StarStudio interview was the biggest factor in her deciding to file the concubinage complaint against Ramsay and Panganiban.

Jolly said she only recently read Panganiban's revelations in the said article by Carlo Arcangel, including that she and Ramsay decided to live in together on the second year of their relationship.

Until she read the interview, Jolly said she only heard "rumors and speculation" as to what had transpired in Panganiban's six-year relationship with Ramsay. Now, she added, she has also confirmed that Panganiban was aware of Ramsay's marriage.

Jolly said Panganiban's statements were enough evidence for her to file a complaint.

She clarified, however, that she is not out to make personal attacks against Panganiban, who was only one of Ramsay's relationships after Jolly.

Jolly also appealed to Panganiban, who is now in a relationship with actor John Lloyd Cruz, to speak up about her relationship with Ramsay.

In a statement given to ABS-CBN News, Panganiban's legal counsel Atty. Francis Aguilar said the actress has no comment as of this time, as she has yet to receive a copy of the complaint. Aguilar added that Panganiban will respond once she sees Jolly's complaint. -- with a report from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News