Willie Revillame could not clearly describe how he feelsabout the annulment of his marriage with Liz Almoro.
Last Tuesday, February 5, presiding judge Elsa de Guzman ofthe Regional Trial Court Branch 89 of Quezon City released the decision on theannulment case filed by Floralice "Liz" Almoro. The court declared the marriage of Willie and Liz null and voidon grounds of psychological incapacity on both parties.
In a taped interview with The Buzz aired yesterday, February 10, Willie's lawyer, Atty. Dexter Lacuanan, said: "Gusto ko lang din po ikumpirma that was on February 5, there wasalready a promulgation from the court presided by Judge Elsa de Guzman. The petition filed by Liz Almoro for theannulment of their marriage or the marriage of Liz Almoro with Mr. WillieRevillame had already been granted.
"In other words, annulled na yung kanilang kasal and I wouldlike to say that the declaration is that marriage is considered void in thevery beginning on grounds of psychological incapacity on both parties."
Willie and Liz first got married in a civil rite in LipaCity, Batangas on March 9, 2005, which was officiated by then Lipa City MayorVilma Santos. Three months later, thetwo had a church wedding at the Santuario de San Antonio Parish, Forbes Park,Makati City on June 7, 2005.
MIXED EMOTIONS. "Siyempre, mixed emotions din ako, e," said Willie in anexclusive interview on The Buzz aired yesterday, February 10, about thecourt's decision.
The comedian-host added, "Una, may lungkot, failure nanaman, failed na naman yung marriage mo. But ganun talaga ang buhay. Maramipang mangyayari sa buhay ko, sa kanya [Liz] rin. Siya ang nag-file niyan, siya ang humingi niyan. I'm sure naman masaya na rin siya kasi yunnaman ang gusto niyang mangyari.
"Anyway, sa akin siyempre may lungkot. Kumbaga, wala na naman yung pamilyang gustokong mabuo. Mixed emotions pa ako,e. Parang ano pa ako... Hindi ko pa maintindihan kasi... Siyempre malungkot, malungkot dahil mayganyang nangyayari sa buhay mo talaga, e."
Contradicting the headline of news reports last Tuesday, February 5, Atty.Lacuanan explained that his client should not be labeled as a "free" person.
He said, "Gusto ko po sana i-correct yung impression na‘free at last' si Willie. Kasi tama siWillie, hindi dapat i-celebrate yung konsepto na parang nakalaya siya kasihindi naman siya ang nagsampa ng kaso, ng petisyon. Kung meron mang dapat na magsabi na nakalayana, si Liz po ang nagsabi dahil siya po ang humingi ng panalangin sa korte nasiya ang makalaya."
On his part, Willie said that he neverexpected that his former wife would request an annulment of theirmarriage. He said, "Hindi ko namanine-expect yung... Kasi nung mga panahong 'yon, nag-uusap-usap pa rin kami, sonagulat lang din ako."
Willie admitted that he got disappointed when he learned that Lizhas requested for an annulment of their marriage. Nevertheless, he respected her move and let the court decide onit.
He said, "It's her decision, hanggang ngayon, yun anghinihingi niya, naibigay na sa kanya. Basta ako, hindi ako magsasalita ng ikasasama ng lahat, ng ikasasamaniya [Liz] dahil siya pa rin ang nanay ng anak ko."
However, Willie is still hoping that he would still have acommunication with Liz because of their two-year-old child. He said, "Magkikita at magkikita kami niyansa mga okasyon ng bata, mag-uusap at mag-uusap kami niyan. Hindi ako nakikipagsara ng lahat tungkol sabata."
In connection with their son Juan Emmanuel, or Juamme, Willie promised that he would give all the support that his childwould need in the future. "Nandito ako at ama ako niyan. Kahit anong obligasyon ko doon sa bata,gagampanan ko 'yan. At sa kanya [Liz],magiging masaya na ako at masaya na siya."
Meanwhile, Atty. Lacuanan indirectly answered The Buzz'squestion about the Willie's responsibility to his kid.
Atty. Lacuanan vaguely answered, "The major thrust thelitigation that transpired between the parties is one of the declaration ofnullity. Sa mga incidental matters like education, custody, support, 'yan ponapag-usapan po iyan. Unfortunately,some of the agreements that we have agreed upon are still bound by the rules ofconfidentiality. This is done toprotect also the child."
DISSOLVED CASE.Aside from the annulment, Liz also filed a criminal caseagainst her former husband for allegedly violating the Anti-Violence AgainstWomen and Their Children Act of 2004.
Liz claimed that, "she felt emotionallyand psychologically abused when [Willie] denied her physical intimacy." Liz also had witnesses about Willie'salleged infidelity and womanizing.
However, the court favored the actor-host and dismissed thecriminal case filed against him.
Atty. Lacuanan explained, "The annotation of violenceagainst Willie allegedly committed against Liz and the child. So, ang court po, in its ultimatedisposition of the case, affirmed the recommendation of the Department ofJustice and also dismissed this criminal case."On different note, Liz expressed her gratitude, through herlawyer Atty. Katrina Legarda, to people who have supported her in this case. Liz is currently busy finishing her thesis for hermasters degree that is supposed to end this coming March.