Ibuna lawyer: Aleli not Ignacio Arroyo’s legal wife due to technicality

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Rep. Ignacio "Iggy Arroyo INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Aleli Arroyo is not the legal wife of the late Negros Oriental Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo whose body is scheduled to arrive on Friday evening from London, following an agreement between three parties claiming custody of the body, according to lawyer Leonard de Vera.

De Vera, Grace Ibuna’s counsel, said the marriage of Aleli and Iggy was null and void due to a technicality.

“The annulment of the marriage of Iggy to [first wife] Marilyn Jacinto was valid, but the subsequent marriage was not because the annulment was not reported to the local registry office and the court had not issued a certificate of finality,” De Vera said.

He said the annulment was filed in a court in Pampanga province, where Iggy and his first wife were married.

Answered prayers

But Aleli said that she felt good about the arrangement on the wake and interment based on the agreement drawn by her lawyers, Ibuna and Arroyo’s daughter by his first wife, Bernardina Arroyo-Tantoco.

“I am happy. I feel very good,” a smiling Aleli described how she felt about the arrangement reached by the parties on Tuesday evening.

She said her daughter with the lawmaker, Alelou, 14, prayed with her on the quick return of her husband’s remains. “This is answered prayers,” Aleli said.

De Vera cited Articles 51, 52 and 53 of the Family Code, which say that all cases of nullity of marriage should be reported to the proper government agency, the local registry office.

The lawmaker died in London on January 26 due to a liver ailment, with partner Grace Ibuna at his sickbed.

But Aleli, who said she was happy that her husband’s body was finally coming home, maintained that she was the legal wife.

Best evidence

“The best evidence of my being the legal wife is our marriage certificate,” Aleli told the Philippine Daily Inquirer when asked to comment on De Vera’s contention that the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 92 should not grant her an injunction against Ibuna because her marriage to Arroyo was not valid.

She also said that she had received a letter of sympathy from former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is detained in a government hospital on charges of electoral sabotage. The former President was reportedly close to her late brother in-law.

“It was a letter advising me to remember the good memories,” said Aleli, who disclosed that she would write the former President to express her gratitude.

Details of the agreement on the wake and burial were disclosed in open court after a closed-door session with Judge Eleuterio Bathan, who was hearing the petition of Aleli against Ibuna and Tantoco.

Due to the out-of-court agreement, Bathan said at Wednesday’s hearing that he would wait for the signed documents of the deal, which were supposed to be submitted today by Aleli’s lawyers, before ordering the dismissal of the petition of injunction.

Aleli earlier asked the court for a temporary restraining order and injunction to stop Bianca Arroyo, the lawmaker’s daughter with his former wife, Marilyn Jacinto, and Ibuna from claiming her husband’s body.

Tantoco said she was happy that her father’s remains were finally coming home as a result of the agreement.

“I am relieved and glad and my father will be finally laid to rest peacefully,” Tantoco told the Inquirer after Wednesday’s proceedings.

Originally posted at 08:54 pm | Wednesday, February 22,  2012

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  • Anonymous

    Technicality? Parang impeachment trial. Aruy ko po!

  • Anonymous

    IF THE ANNULMENT WAS FILED AND THEN DECIDED IN A COURT OF LAW, AND APPROVED; THEN THE SUBSEQUENT MARRIAGE AFTER SUCH ANNULMENT IS VERY MUCH VALID AND UPHELD BY LAW, REGISTRATION OF PAPERS MAYBE DONE LATER, BUT THE ACT ITSELF IS VERY VALID, OK? TECHNICALITIES LATER ON CANNOT VOID THE CONSISTENT ACT & APPROVAL, HE, HE,  HE! LAWYERS WHO ARE UP FOR MONEY WILL TRY TO “QUESTION” THE MARRIAGE, WHICH IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR OF A MAN AND A WOMAN, OF COURSE THESE SHAMELESS LAWYERS WILL DO EVERYTHING FOR MONEY, HA, HA, HA!

  • Anonymous

    “should be reported…” should means optional; shall means mandatory. the marriage of alicia arroyo to ignacio is very much valid.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E5Q5PV6KNYNVSOCHXJVJPYUVFE cion

    Atty De Vera you cannot circumvent the law,.. . The Catholic Church  in Pampanga, a province of the Philippines has recognized the annullment , because there is no law to recognize Divorce in the Philippines. Aleli and Iggy got married after it’s annuled by the Catholic Church. The legal wife is Aleli the second wife.

    • Anonymous

      Atty. De Vera, who is clearly a lawyer, unlike you who may not even had a study or practice of law, is right…Even if the courts had issued a judgment, a finality should be entered into the Office of the Local Civil Registrar who consummated the supposedly nullified marriage…That is why, when you go abroad and if you are being claimed to be the subsequent spouse, the foreign consular office would require you to present a finality of judgment entered by the Local Civil Registrar and reflected on the NSO’s record..Further, Catholic Church cannot annul nor recognize an annulment of marriage since the said function is within the ambit of the Family Courts and not within the Church….oftentimes, there are cases of two marriages subsisting since the Church used not to require CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage Record)

  • Anonymous

    Money can circumvent everything material… Pera pera Lang ang tutuong dahilan ng lahat. Reality check… C aleli ang legal wife. Yn technicality is due to non registration. It does not hinge the fact na magasawa sila at nagsama bilang magasawa. C grace, no matter what happened between her and iffy, she is still the mistress.

  • Anonymous

    Technicality… technicality na naman. Ano man ang makuha ng taong bayan sa pagsubaybay sa caso ng namatay na Kurakut (Iggy)? Dapat sa na ang govierno ng Pinas ang manghimasok sa “inheritance” na ito dahil sa pera ito ng pinag-nakawan… pera ng mamayan. Namaay si Kurakut Iggy… nag-iwan nang aral sa lahat na kurakot sa mundo… kurakot Gloria at kurakot Renato. Kung mamatay itong dalawa mang himasok ang govierno na ang kanilang pinagnakawan hindi mapunta kay Mike o kay Christina.

  • Anonymous

    hahahaha! nakakatawa naman si aleli arroyo. kung maka-asta sa pilipinas akala mo… yun pala! hahaha!

  • Anonymous

    Postpone na naman ang dating ni Jose Pidal Jr? Bakit? Baka pati si satanas dinugasan niya. Kulang ang isinuhol niya.

  • Anonymous

    scrambling over blood money, a legacy of greed.

  • Anonymous

    Technicality might also prevail in the Impeachment court, despite parties fighting over stolen money…the legacy of greed in this country overshadows the Filipinos good virtues.

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