Bacolod first lady denies separation, annulment

Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, and his wife, Nikki.* Ronnie Baldonado photo

Bacolod First Lady Nikki Benitez on Sunday, February 4, denied a showbiz article that said she and her husband, Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, are separated.

“In light of the recent article and its distressing contents, I wish to clarify that there have been no discussions between my husband and I regarding separation or annulment,” Mrs. Benitez said in a statement released for her by her son Victorias City Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez.

Mrs. Benitez said “The quotes attributed to him in the media, suggesting romantic links with several actresses, came as a surprise. We have been living under one roof for 31 years, maintaining our family’s unity through all of life’s challenges”.

“My commitment to handling our personal matters with dignity and respect remains unchanged. I am especially focused on shielding our children from any pain or anguish brought about by this matter”, Mrs. Benitez added.*

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