FIRST READ ON PEP: Bianca Lapus: "I was never a bad wife and mother."

"I don't want to cause any harmto the father of my son as I know how it is to be misjudged by others. We areokay. We are friends and I'm happy we gave each other the best gift we can giveand that is our freedom," says Bianca Lapus in her official statament regarding the annulment of her marriage with ex-husband Vhong Navarro.



Nakausap ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) si BiancaLapus over the telephone this morning, July 15. Talagang pinili raw niyangmanahimik muna bagamat hindi niya itinanggi na napaiyak at nasaktan siya sa mganaglalabasang balita pagkatapos lumabas ang desisyon ng Court of Appeals saannulment case na isinampa ni Vhong Navarro laban sa kanya.

Ikinasal sina Bianca at Vhong noong January 20, 1998 samunisipyo ng Floridablanca, Pampanga. Buntis na noon si Bianca sa anak nila niVhong na si Isaiah.

Nag-file ng petisyon sa korte si Vhong noong May 5, 2005para mapawalang bisa ang kasal nila ni Bianca. Pagkatapos ng tatlong taon,noong July 9 ay dinesisyunan na ng Court of Appeals ang unang desisyon ngQuezon City Regional Trial Court upang mapawalang-bisa ang kasal nina Bianca atVhong.

Aminado si Bianca na nang mag-file ng annulment si Vhong,those were the times na very busy siya attending to her mother nanakikipaglaban noon sa cancer. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit hindi raw siya gaanong nag-participate sapag-usad ng kaso. Kamakailan lang din niya nalaman kung anu-ano ang mga ginawanggrounds ni Vhong sa annulment case.

Ayon sa desisyon ng korte, napatunayang si Bianca ay"psychologically incapacitated" at nakikipag-date daw siya sa ibang lalakikahit na may relasyon pa sila ni Vhong.

Nagbigay ng pahayag si Bianca at nilinaw ang lumabas nainterview ng kanyang lawyer na si Atty. Donn Bacay sa The Buzz noongLinggo, July 13, tungkol sa sinasabing hiling ni Bianca na dagdag na sustentopara sa anak nila ni Vhong. (Click here to read related article.)

Ani Bianca, "Hindi ko alam kung bakit ganoon ang lumabas,pero alam ni Vhong yun na never akong nanghingi sa kanya pagdating sa pera.Kahit piso, hindi ako nanghingi sa kanya. Ang tanging hinihiling ko lang ayhuwag naman siyang mag-‘no comment' sa lahat ng mga lumalabas."

Ayon kay Bianca, umiyak din daw si Vhong tulad niya nangmagkausap sila, lalo na nang malaman nito na ang anak nilang si Isaiah, nanever daw naging palaaway, ay nasangkot sa away sa eskuwelahang pinapasukannito. Ipinagtanggol ni Isaiah si Bianca laban sa nagsabing "bad" angkanyang mommy.

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Pumayag si Bianca na ilabas ng PEP ang kanyang officialstatement hinggil sa mga naglalabasang isyu tungkol sa kanya, katulad ng diumano'ypagiging "psychologically incapacitated" niya, "unfit mother," at maging angdiumano'y pakikipag-date niya sa ibang lalaki noong sila pa niVhong.

BIANCA'S OFFICIAL STATEMENT. "I have not read the decision of the Court of Appealsregarding the annulment of my marriage with Vhong. But to put things inperspective, I never participated in that case ever since its inception in thelower court and so, naturally, it was decided based on the evidence presented byVhong.

"I am not saying that I am not glad that my marriage wasannulled but considering my non-participation, I don't think it's fair tospeculate on my shortcomings, especially with matters that relate to my beingunfit as a mother. The public will hear my side of the story soon.

"I will definitely be careful of every statement I will makeas soon as I grant my first and last interview. I don't want to cause any harmto the father of my son as I know how it is to be misjudged by others. We areokay. We are friends and I'm happy we gave each other the best gift we can giveand that is our freedom. I am torn between my family, who are so much in painnow. I have kept my silence for so many years. I begged off to talk the pastweek to the many calls I received from the press.

"It is unfortunate that people won't stop being unfair. Ijust need to break my silence in some of the negative stuff in the news becausemy family is very much affected by this. I know we are supposed to becelebrating, but Vhong being a public figure can sometimes affect other peoplelinked to him like me. I know this must be hard for him as well. I told him mydilemma and my feelings about this and we understand each other and we bothwish each other well.

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"We are both affected and worried about our son Isaiah. So,I hope people would stop speculating as we all know the process of going thruannulment. We both know the TRUTH. GOD, our families and close friends know Iwas never a bad wife and a mother.

"Yce grew up with me and I never deprived him or Vhong to seeeach other. In fact, when Vhong is busy, I bring our son to him while at workfor a short visit. And I never demanded 1 single centavo for support even whenwe were still together until this day.

"We are both happy with our respective partners and wewill continue to help each other in raising our son to be a good person andunderstand the truth why we had to part ways but still remain friends."


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