Sex photo enraged gov, says wife
MANILA (UPDATED) - The wife of Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado, who had been missing since Friday last week, surfaced on Wednesday and revealed she had left their home because she is afraid her husband might kill her.
In an exclusive interview on ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda, Josefina Tallado denied that she was kidnapped in Lupi, Camarines Sur last Friday.
"Hindi po ako nawawala at hindi ako nakidnap. Kusa akong umalis at kusa akong tumakas dahil alam kong hindi na ako safe sa sarili kong tahanan," she said in the interview.
Mrs. Tallado said she had long known about her husband's infidelity but had endured it.
Last week, she said she was surprised when her husband accused her of posting a naked picture of his mistress on Facebook. During the confrontation, she said her husband was hiding a gun tucked behind him.
"Ang nangyari po nun nung Miyerkules na kinonfront niya ako, may baril po akong nakita sa likuran niya.
Yun yung alam kong anytime baka patayin niya ako," she said.
"Noon ko lang nakita ang ganung mukha at ganung galit sa kanyang mukha," she added.
She said she was also shocked when an unknown person came to her bedroom last week.
Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Tallado's lawyer, said the governor destroyed his wife's laptop using the gun.
"She's never seen this in the husband. Ang picture kasi napaka-compromising. Yung mistress nakahubad at masturbating. Matindi yun. Napahiya si Governor at napahiya yung mistress kaya siya ang napagbintangan."
Darlene Francisco, Tallado's friend, said she saw the photo but denied uploading it.
She said the alleged page that posted the photo can no longer be accessed.
Kapunan said the governor's wife is showing signs of battered woman syndrome.
"Ilang taon na siya with the husband at nagtiis sa infidelity ng husband hanggang humantong sa ito na may death threats na on herself and Darlene," she said.
"Ang bottomline diyan ay the governor has a mistress. He has had a mistress for the last two years. Lumabas ang picture ng mistress na nakahubad at sila ang pinagbintangan na naglabas," she added.
The governor's lawyer faced media Wednesday and denied that the creation of a task force was not meant to threaten the local official's wife.
Atty. Adan Marcelo Botor said Tallado believes that someone is manipulating his wife.
The governor and his son Alvin have left for Metro Manila to tackle the family dispute, including the alleged involvement of a third party and the reported sex video. - with a report from Jonathan Magistrado, ABS-CBN News Bicol