It looks like things aren't going too well for former movie queen Amalia Fuentes these days.
The Quezon City Prosecutor's Office recently dismissed Amalia's perjury case against her estranged husband, Joey Stevens. The primary reason behind the dismissal was "due to lack of jurisdiction."
Assistant City Prosecutor Jaime Villanueva's one-page resolution stated that he dismissed the case since its jurisdiction unmistakably lies with the prosecutor's office of Mandaue City and not with the QC Prosecutor's Office.
Fuentes filed the case against her ex-husband after he allegedly committed perjury when he stated in the petition for the declaration of nullity of marriage filed before the Mandaue Regional Trial Court that he has been a resident of No. 44 Ruselia Street, North Town Homes, Mandaue City for about eight months.
Fuentes contradicted this by saying that Stevens is a resident of No. 64 4th Street, New Manila, Q.C., their matrimonial home, during and before that period as indicated in the petition.
This argument from Fuentes, however, failed to hit its mark as Villanueva said that based on the facts, as the pleading containing the allegation as duly verified under oath was filed before the Mandaue City court, therefore, its jurisdiction should be in Mandaue city prosecutor's office.
"Clearly, prevailing jurisprudential pronouncements tell us that perjury cases should be filed where the affidavit was presented. Inasmuch as venue in criminal cases is jurisdictional, even to those undergoing preliminary investigation, this Office has no other recourse but to dismiss this case as a matter of law and procedure," Villanueva added in his resolution.