A day after Lotlot de Leon expressed her feelings about the nullification of her marriage with Ramon Christopher, the latter appeared in a taped interview in Showbiz Central to say his piece about the end of their 19-year-old marriage.
While Lotlot said she felt mixed emotions upon learning about the court's decision, Monching (Ramon Christopher's nickname in showbiz) said that he felt happy for his former wife. The couple got married on March 27, 1989 at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan.
The actor narrated how he found out about the annulment. He told Showbiz Central, "Tinawagan ako ni Lotlot, sinabi niya sa akin na okey na. ‘It's been granted,' sabi niya. E, di sabi ko, ‘Okay, good.'"
Although Monching was already expecting this decision, he said that he could not absorb the news easily. "Happy naman ako kasi yun naman ang gusto niya, 'di ba? Pero kanina ko lang siya [yung text] nabasa. Kapag binabasa ko pala siya, parang iba din yung feeling mo, 'di ba? Minsan parang may flashback din, 'di ba?
"I was always ready for it. I knew na, you know, in this past few years na darating yun dahil [na-file]. Parang kapag binabasa mo lang siya, parang, ‘Aba, oo nga, ito na. Totoo nga ito, heto na, ito na talaga.'"
Did he felt any pain upon knowing about the decision?
"Hindi naman pain pero parang you remember things na, 'di ba, parang napapaisip ka? Siguro hindi mawawala yun, may konti sigurong pain pero naalala mo lang. Naalala mo lang na, ‘Heto na, totoong-totoo na, final na.'"
STILL PARENTS. Despite the nullification of their marriage, Monching agreed to Lotlot's statements that they will still be working together as parents to their four children.
He explained, "Hindi kasali kasi yung mga bata sa whatever decision na... Yung mga bata, ang usapan namin ni Lot dun is whatever magiging decision namin sa mga bata, kami lang dalawa yung mag-uusap, 'di ba? Walang kasamang kung sinong abogado, walang ganun, 'di ba?"
Monching was also proud that their children understand their situation.
"I'm very proud sa mga anak ko," said Monching. "Kasi wala silang resentment na, 'di ba, ‘Bakit naghiwalay? Bakit ganun?' Walang ganun."
Then, he described how the situation affected his relationship with Lotlot and their kids. "Ang ano ko lang talaga, parang, you know, mas naging close kami [ni Lotlot], mas maraming bagay na napag-uusapan. Maski sa mga kids ko, I spend more time with them. Wala, para kaming magkakabarkada, nagbibiruan kami."
Like Lotlot, Monching is also now ready to face a new life. He said that in this experience he learned, "To take responsibility for the things that you do. Dati kasi masyado akong carefree, masyado akong ano... Ngayon, kapag may trabaho, magtrabaho ng mabuti."
Lastly, Showbiz Central asked Monching if he would be open to finding a new relationship. He replied indirectly, "Hindi na natin alam yun, 'di ba? Siguro we'll cross the bridge pagdating natin doon, when we get there. Mahirap magsalita nang tapos. Pero for now, I think we're better off as friends and as parents to our children."