Court of Appeals junks Jodi Sta. Maria's motion for the court to reverse itself on annulment case

by FM Ganal
Feb 4, 2017
Jodi Sta. Maria and Pampi Lacson have been separated since March 2011.

There is "no reason to void" Jodi Sta. Maria and Pampi Lacson's marriage.

The Court of Appeals junked Jodi's Motion For Reconsideration asking the court to reverse itself on an earlier judgment that said her marriage was valid.

According to TV Patrol's report last night, February 3, the Court of Appeals saw no sufficient reason to reverse its initial decision.

A section in the Court of Appeals latest resolution said that "no less than the Constitution recognizes the sanctity of marriage and the unity of the family," and thus, the marriage of Jodi and Pampi remained "inviolable."

In addition, the court opined that there was no sufficient proof that Jodi and Pampi were "psychologically incapacitated" to fulfill their marital obligations.


It was March 2011 when the two separated.

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Pampi's father, Senator Panfilo Lacson, said, "Yung anak ko ang nagpapa-file ng annulment.

"Nire-resolve lang nila yung custody nung bata because yung anak ko mahal na mahal yung anak niya, Panfilo III yun, e."

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On Jodi's part, she filed a petition for the declaration of nullity of marriage on grounds of psychological incapacity.

In 2013, Jodi spoke briefly about the status of her annulment. It was "on the way," she said.

In 2014, the Regional Trial Court declared Jodi and Pampi's marriage "null and void."

But the Office of the Solicitor General elevated the case to the Court of Appeals, which, in September 2016, released a 19-page decision throwing out the RTC's ruling that the estranged couple's marriage was "void from the start."

Jodi filed a motion for reconsideration, which was junked again by the Court of Appeals.

The two tied the knot in March 2005 in Nevada, USA. The following month, they had another wedding ceremony in Parañaque City.

In December 2005, Jodi and Pampi welcomed their only son, Thirdy.

Two years later, marital issues began to surface.

There were rumors saying Jodi was a victim of physical abuse.

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But in one of her interviews, Jodi cited their youth as one of the reasons their marriage failed. She was 22 when she married.

Jodi has since dated Jolo Revilla, while Pampi has a daughter with Iwa Moto.

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