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Cesar on marital rape: 'Preposterous'

MANILA, Philippines - Cesar Montano’s lawyer, Joel Ferrer, issued a statement on Wednesday, August 14, disputing the charges of rape and physical violence that his estranged wife Sunshine Cruz filed on Tuesday, reports pep.ph.

Ferrer said the charges as detailed in Cruz’s affidavit, accusing Montano of violating RA 9262, or The Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, are a “verbatim rehash” of her petition for a protection order against the actor.

“We maintain that there is no truth whatsoever that my client abused Cruz whether physical or verbal,” Ferrer’s statement said.

The statement also described Cruz’s allegation of marital rape as “simply preposterous.”

"From what we know, my client was invited by Cruz to join her and their children for dinner on May 12, 2013, Mothers’ Day. They had dinner at the Edsa Shangrila Hotel. Thereafter Montano slept and stayed overnight at the present residence of Cruz. He left the place the following day. The two even had exchanges of text messages of good nature belying any animosity between them several days after the Mothers’ Day celebration."

The statement further denied Cruz’s claim that Montano is keeping their 3 daughters away from her.

"Relative to the custody of the children, it is actually the children’s preference that they stay at their family residence at Tivoli Royale."

The statement suggested that Cruz’s legal action is intended to "gain leverage in her fervent desire to seek an annulment of their marriage." - Rappler.com