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The couple's wedding photo accompanied the bad news. (Screenshot from Philstar.com)
THE LADY, THE HUBBY, AND THE PRAYER GROUP BUDDY
The characters: Mons Romulo (daughter of former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo) Sander Tantoco (her husband) and Cita Revilla (her friend and prayer group buddy)
The connections: The Romulos are well-known in Philippine politics. Mons is the granddaughter of statesman Carlos P. Romulo. For their part, the Tantocos are recognized entrepreneurs. Revilla is part of a famous showbiz clan. Revilla was married to Ricky Yabut, the son of former Makati mayor Nemesio Yabut.
Opposing sides: Mons Romulo vs. Sander Romulo and Cita Revilla
Conflict points: In January 2011, Romulo bravely announced that her 21-year marriage to Tantoco was over. She cited his infidelity. She said she was also seeking an annulment.
A report published in The Philippine Star revealed: “For Mons, it was a double betrayal, because the woman involved with her husband was her friend, Cita Revilla, who was part of Mons’ prayer group. She had repeatedly told Mons not to be jealous if she was frequently at her husband’s office, since she was seeking his help for some project. And when Mons would be told that the two were seen at this and that restaurant, she would wonder if they were having an affair. She would be assured by mutual friends, 'Of course not,' especially since Cita had repeatedly said she’d never go with a married man because she knew what that does to a marriage and a family.”
However, the report said that the so-called relationship between Tantoco and Revilla “became more and more public, to the point that the truth could no longer be denied—or ignored.”
In the same report, Romulo also revealed that Tantoco had an eight-year-old love child. The report did not say who the child’s mother was.