Sunshine Cruz has gone to court on August 13 to file a case against her estranged husband Cesar Montano due to his alleged violation of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children act. But in the August 14 episode of the GMA-7 morning show Unang Hirit, Cesar’s lawyer, Atty. Joel Ferrer, said that they have yet to receive their copy of the complaint.

Aside from this, Cesar’s camp also denied Sunshine’s claim that he had raped her on May 12, Mother’s Day.

Noong Mother’s Day na tinutukoy, na ginahasa siya, nung araw na yun, nag-text si Shine kay Cesar, inimbita para mag-dinner sila kasama ang mga bata. Nag-dinner ho 'yung pamilya. After dinner, komo’t nag-enjoy naman sila, walang away. E sa bahay ni Shine natulog si Cesar at kinabukasan na ho umuwi, umalis si Cesar doon. After that, marami pa ho silang exchanges ng texts, sweet nothings... so nagulat si Cesar (Regarding the Mother’s Day incident in which Shine was allegedly raped, she had texted Cesar to invite him for dinner with their children. The family had dinner. They had a great time, they didn’t fight. Cesar even slept at Shine’s house and was only able to leave the following day. After that, they exchanged a lot of texts, sweet nothings… so Cesar was surprised),” Atty. Ferrer was quoted as saying in an article on PEP.ph.

Kaya nagulat nga ho siya—‘Anong panggagahasa e dun ako natulog (This is why he was surprised—‘How did I rape her when I spent the night there?’)?’” he continued.

Atty. Ferrer also insisted that the couple’s three daughter are currently staying with Cesar because they want to spend time with their father, contrary to Sunshine’s claims that he is keeping them from her against their will.

Relative to the custody of the children, it is actually the children’s preference that they stay at their family residence at Tivoli Royale,” read a statement that Cesar’s camp sent to ABS-CBNNews.com.

As for the reason why Sunshine had filed the case, Cesar’s camp thinks that this is related to Sunshine’s wish to annul their marriage, a decision which Cesar is reportedly against.

We believe Cruz filed the cases against Montano to gain leverage in her fervent desire to seek an annulment of their marriage,” read the statement. “Montano is exerting earnest effort to preserve their matrimonial bond especially for the sake of their children.”

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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