Pinagmumulta ng Marikina City Regional Trial Court si Raymart Santiago ng P30,000 dahil sa indirect contempt.
Ito ay matapos mapatunayan ng hukuman na guilty of “forum shopping” si Raymart kaugnay ng isinampa niyang sole custody case para sa dalawang anak nila ni Claudine Barretto na sina Sabina at Santino.
Ang forum shopping, ayon sa dictionary.com ay: "Attempting to file a lawsuit in (have it transferred to) the jurisdiction most favorable to the party filing the suit."
Dahil dito, pinagmumulta rin ng korte si Raymart at ang mga abugado nito ng tigda-dalawang libong piso para naman sa direct contempt.
Base sa dokumentong natanggap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ngayong Huwebes ng gabi, March 19, ang desisyon ay pirmado ni Judge Acerey Pacheco at lumabas noong March 3
Ilan sa mga nakasaad sa naturang desisyon ay ang mga sumusunod:
“In the case at the bench, the Verification and Certification of Non-Forum Shopping of respondent Raymart to his Petition for Sole Custody pertinently provides:
“'I have not heretofore commenced any other action or proceeding involving the same issues in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals or any other tribunals or agency, nor is any such action or proceeding pending in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals or other tribunal or agency. And I undertake to inform the Honorable Court within five (5) days should there be such other action or proceeding.'
“Without a doubt, the aforeqouted statement is false. As aptly stated the TPO petition of petitioner Claudine was received by respondent Raymart a day prior to the filing of his own petition.
“Not only was this evidenced by the Sheriff’s Report but likewise admitted in open Court by his own counsels.
“Worst despite the Motion for Consolidation filed by petitioner Claudine in Branch 168, herein respondents filed their opposition thereto thereby exhibiting their contumacious act of trifling with the processes of the Court and degrading the efficient administration of justice through their deplorable act of forum shopping.
“WHEREFORE, finding merit in the instant petition, this court hereby adjudges respondent ROZELLE RAYMOND MARTIN L. SANTIAGO GUILTY OF INDIRECT CONTEMPT for submitting a false Certification of Non-Forum Shopping and respondents ROZELLE RAYMOND MARTIN L. SANTIAGO, ATTY PETER M.A.G. SANCHEZ, RUTH CASTELLO and CESARJA DANE C. LORENZO GUILTY of DIRECT CONTEMPT for willful and deliberate forum shopping.”
Nagpadala na ng mensahe ang PEP sa abugado ni Raymart na si Atty. Ruty Castello para sa kanilang panig, ngunit hindi pa nila ito sinasagot.